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.