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Hospital Paid $17,000 to Hackers As Ransom

The hospital was recently the target of a cyber attack. The hackers seized control of its computer systems and then demanded $17,000 in bitcoins to regain access. The hospital authorities paid the amount “in the best interest” of the hospital.

The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in 2004

Hollywood Hospital Pays 40 BTC ($17,000) to Hackers Who Seized Control of Their Computer Systems

The hospital chief executive said that $17,000 was paid to hackers who seized the control of hospital’s computer systems. The hacker would give back the access only when ransom was paid.

Hackers attacked the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital on Feb 5. Allen Stefanek – chief executive of the institution– said that they used a malware to infect the institution’s computers. It seized the computers and prevented hospital staff from communicating with those devices.

The hacker demanded 40 bitcoins as ransom – equivalent to $17,000

 

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Stefanek said:

“The malware locks systems by encrypting files and demanding ransom to obtain the decryption key. The quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems and administrative functions was to pay the ransom and obtain the decryption key. ”

“In the best interest of restoring normal operations, we did this.”

The authorities were alerted by the hospital. With the assistance of technology experts, they were able to regain control of all their computers by Monday.

The hospital said that neither the hospital records were compromised nor the patient care.

The Los Angeles Police Department was involved by the top hospital officials last week according to Lt. John Jenal.

Laura Eimiller – an FBI spokeswoman – confirmed that bureau has taken over the investigation. Though she declined to discuss any specifics regarding case.

Sources revealed that the Hospital had already paid the ransom – before contacting the law enforcement agencies and asking them for any assistance.

The attack on Feb 5 forced the hospital staff to return to old school method of keeping the records – pen and paper.

Phil Lieberman – cyber security expert – said that targeting a medical institution was very unusual. It doesn’t happen a lot. Although ransom-ware attacks are very common these days.

He said:

“I have never heard of this kind of attack trying to shut down a hospital. This puts lives at risk, and it is sickening to see such an act, Health management systems are beginning to tighten their security.”

“I have never heard of this kind of attack trying to shut down a hospital. This puts lives at risk, and it is sickening to see such an act, Health management systems are beginning to tighten their security.”

The hospital is a 434-bed short-term acute care institution located on Vermont Avenue. It is owned by CHC of South Korea.

The federal law requires the hospital to report potential medical data breaches which involves more than 500 people.

Federal records show that since 2010, 158 institutions have been reported which were hacked or had security issues that compromised patient’s record. These included medical providers, insurers and some hospitals as well.

Ransom attacks are gaining popularity. Though still they are relatively rare. Also the cyber-attacks on medical institutions are becoming more and more common. The hackers pursue personal information which they can use in their fraudulent schemes.

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