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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > LA Hospital Paid Ransom to Hackers

LA Hospital Paid Ransom to Hackers

LA Hospital Paid Ransom to Hackers

Added: Friday, February 19th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2016
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center was hit by ransomware and had to pay off the hackers. The Los Angeles hospital had lost access to its computer systems in early February after hackers managed to encrypt their computer files and demanded that the hospital paid the hackers $17,000 worth of Bitcoins. Since there was no other solution to the problem, the hospital announced that it had relented.

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President and chief executive of the hospital explained that the quickest and most efficient way to restore the computer systems and administrative functions was to pay the ransom to the hackers. This is what the hospital had to do in the best interest of restoring normal operations.

This incident became one of the most high-profile examples of a victim paying the fee for ransomware – a modern profitable practice of eastern European hackers. In the meantime, federal investigators usually discourage victims from paying the ransom, believing that it only encourages hackers. However, that message can be a tough sell, because the hackers in these cases often customize the amounts of money demanded for each victim to make them affordable enough. It is known that at least two small Massachusetts police departments also had to pay off ransomware hackers after losing access to their computer networks.

Why are such hacks so painful for victims? Because they often lose all access to their computer networks: for example, in this case, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center had to turn to fax machines and record patient notes with pen and paper.

It is also known that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking into the hack, but it’s unclear what role it played in the decision to pay off the intruders.

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Friday, February 19th, 2016



Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2016-02-19 16:01:02)
SirSeedsAlot avatarFeds gonna be on those crackers like white on rice. They are all going to jail.

2
posted by Site FriendET loverSupermanSunTurtle (2016-02-19 17:45:04)
Soup avatarSick assholes (No pun intended)

3
posted by (2016-02-19 18:46:17)
Admiral_Smith avatarWhat is not drawn is it is a hospice. The FBI probably does not care because the transaction was already completed. $17,000 out of the Pope's coffers.

4
posted by Blocked (2016-02-19 18:54:28)
No avatar$17k worth of BitCoin, which was the ransom, actually saves them a ton of money on bolstering their security. Most hospitals heavily encrypt their patient information, however many have questions if it were actually compromised in this situation. I'd assume this only further opens the floodgates for others to pursue similar attacks against the healthcare industry in similar fashion. It was quite genius, and so far, it seems to have worked.
I feel sorry most for the server company that leased their equipment to said individuals. At the most, the Feds will track it to their offices, and bring the wrath of hell upon them by affecting their business relations. Assuming such a brazen move by the "alleged" hackers actually would have taken precautions to protect their identity in many ways. I hope they walk away from this without a single criminal charge filed. Not only is it nice to see corporate interests and a booming trillion dollar industry that screws the little person, in return get screwed back without lubrication, but it's a wake up call to those whom are too arrogant and cheap to protect themselves properly. "With great power, comes great responsibility."

5
posted by ET junkieKitty (2016-02-20 01:08:07)
Selsley avataroh no, not fax machines and pens and paper, whatever next, telephones instead of skype?

6
posted by (2016-02-21 01:59:11)
tj1182 avatarThat's awesome!

7
posted by (2016-02-22 19:36:05)
Rockman avatarHum maybe scan things then use yahoo instant messenger ouchy . .



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