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Hollywood hospital hit by ransomware attack, hackers demand $3.6M

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 Cinnamon    14,642

Ransomware is always going to present a major headache for any victim, but when a hospital is at the center of an attack, the matter suddenly appears more threatening, with the stakes potentially a whole lot higher.

Take the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles. Its computer systems have been offline for more than a week following a ransomware attack, with hackers reportedly demanding a $3.6 million payment to restore access,CSO reported Monday.

Staff are understandably having a hard time coping, with procedures such as CT scans unable to be carried out. In some cases, patients are being ferried to nearby medical facilities for treatment.

The ongoing incident also means hospital workers are unable to gain access to important documents, patient data, and emails. Instead, staff have had to step back in time, firing up fax machines and making more use of pens and paper to keep track of work at the facility.

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http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/02/16/hollywood-hospital-hit-by-ransomware-attack-hackers-demand-3-6m.html?intcmp=hpbt3

This is ongoing and has been going on for a week. They claim no records have been accessed, but that sounds ridiculous to me, depending on encryption as the video states. (See vid at link.)  

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