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Hollywood Hospital Hit By Ransomware Attack, FBI Investigates

Registration, medical records systems appear to be locked in a cyber-extortion attack demanding $3.6 million.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched an investigation into a cyberattack on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., that for more than a week has held the hospital's systems for ransom. The attackers reportedly are demanding some $3.6 million in exchange for unlocking the hospital's computer systems.

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Hospital employees reportedly noticed computer issues over a week ago, and "an internal emergency" was declared at the medical center on Friday, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center president and CEO Allen Stefanek, told a local television station.

The attack appears to be a classic ransomware infection.

See more on the attack here and here.




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User Rank: Apprentice
2/17/2016 | 10:14:59 PM
Re: Non-malicious
This guy needs to get some knowledge on the cyber security topics. Or just fire him. It's random not malicious?
User Rank: Ninja
2/17/2016 | 7:43:48 AM
The CEO depicts this attack as non-malicious. I don't know from what perspective that is, I would think any cyber attack meant at extorting money from an organization as malicious.

Maybe a reference to lack of interest in the extraction of personal data, not sure.
User Rank: Ninja
2/17/2016 | 7:40:58 AM
Was there any information on how the hospital handled retrieving their records?
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