Hollywood Hospital Pays Bitcoin Ransom to Hackers

  • Hollywood hospital pays $17,000 as bitcoin ransom to hackers to get its computer system back.
  • Attack occurred on Feb 5th and infected hospital computers with a malware that encrypted the files in it.
  • Attackers demanded 40 bitcoins ($17k) to give the decryption key back to the hospital which the hospital complied to.
  • According to LA Times, FBI is currently investigating the issue and declined to give any specific details.
  • Since 2010, at least 158 institutions, including medical providers, insurers and hospitals, have reportedĀ been hacked.

References

LaTimes.com

CNN

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