A hospital has paid off hackers whom deployed a ransomware in bitcoin. These installed a virus that encrypted its computer files then demanded a payment.
It has been unable to access its computer systems since 5 February. It eventually caved in to the hackers, paying them the equivalent of $17,000 (£12,000) in digital currency Bitcoin.
Staff were locked out of the entire system, meaning they had to record patient notes with pen and paper, and return to using fax machines. Hospital chief executive Allen Stefanek said: “The quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems and administrative functions was to pay the ransom.
The scam is popular with Eastern European hacking groups. The ransoms are often customised so they are just about affordable for their victims, but police often tell victims not to pay it because it encourages hackers.
More than ever, it is time to take this subject for real and realize that it is only a matter of time until it happens to any of us. From big to small companies, they all have been victims of this kind of ransoms.
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