Hospital pays $17,000 malware ransom with Bitcoins.

Hospital pays $17,000 malware ransom with Bitcoins.

In widely reported news, the Hollywood Presbyrerian Medical Center has paid a ransom of $17,000 to have their patient record systems restored.

Likely enabled by a phishing attack – where a member of the hospital’s staff clicked on an email link – the resulting malware meant that patient records were not available for 10 days.

At first the hospital IT team and outside consultants tried to fix the problem themselves, but it became apparent that the quicker and cheaper option was to pay the ransom.

The hackers demanded 40 Bitcoins – with a value of around $17,000 – and in return provided a decryption key.


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