Hollywood Hospital Pays $17,000 Ransom to Hacker for Unlocking Medical Records


Ransomware has seriously turned on to a noxious game of Hackers to get paid effortlessly.

Once again the heat was felt by the Los Angeles-based Presbyterian Medical Center when a group of hackers had sealed all its sensitive files and demanded $17,000 USD to regain the access to those compromised data.

The devastation of the compromised files can be pitched as:

  • Compromised emails
  • Lockout Electronic Medical Record System [EMR]
  • Encrypted patient data
  • Unable to carry CT Scans of the admitted patients
  • Ferried risky patients to nearby hospitals

As the situation was grown out of wild, the hospital paid 40 Bitcoins (Roughly US $17,000) to the Ransomware Criminals to resume their medical operations after gaining the decryption keys.

“The quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems and administrative functions was to pay the ransom and obtain the decryption key,” the hospital CEO Allen Stefanek said in a letter.

All the electronic medical system were restored back soon after unlocking the encrypted file locks.

The Ransomware had stolen the nights of many network administrators, as they would be often blamed to fight up this nasty threat; instead of blaming staffs who click the illegit links in their e-mail.

http://thehackernews.com/2016/02/ransomware-medical-record.html?utm_source=THNLS&utm_medium=BelowLS&utm_campaign=LS

http://hollywoodpresbyterian.com/default/assets/File/20160217%20Memo%20from%20the%20CEO%20v2.pdf

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