Hospital hacked and held for ransom

The hack was found last Friday, the staff at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center stated that they noticed that the IT was having a lot of issues, and it was at that moment that they decided to alert the IT-staff.

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According to the report which is published by NBC, the cyber attack had interfered with the daily operations of the hospital, making it almost impossible for doctors and staff to operate.

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The report states that no information was compromised, but if this is truly a ransomware attack, then the chance of data being compromised is very high. The data itself can be encrypted in such a way, that it will be impossible for the hospital to regain access.

So the chance is there that the hospital will pay the ransom in order to retrieve their encrypted files.

But, if the hospital has all the data stored on a back-up, the chance is very high that they will not pay the ransom amount.

A doctor at the hospital stated towards NBC that:

Departments are communicating by jammed fax lines because they have no email and that medical office staff does not have access to email.

The same doctor continued to explain that:

The computers are essential for documentation of patient care, transmittal of lab work, sharing of X-rays and CT scans. Also, previous medical records for patients who have been admitted previously and who are newly admitted are inaccessible, “very dangerous.”

A wide range of patients have been relocated to another hospital. Just think about it, ONE “digital virus” made a “complete hospital” to change the way they work and operate.

This is INSANE – why is it still possible that important information like that can be compromised so easily. Could it be because of “NO BUDGETS”, “NO AWARENESS” and “NO INTEREST” to solve those problems? 😉

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