Yet another malware ransom – Hollywood Hospital

It doesn’t seem long since we reported about the ransomware demand made to Lincolnshire County Council for £1million. Yet we’ve now learned of another similar event occurring across the pond, this time with a different outcome.

It’s reported that earlier this week, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (also known as “Hollywood Hospital”) in Los Angeles – USA, was hit by ransomware in an indiscriminate attack. Initially the hospital was forced to resort back to paper records, in an attempt to maintain regular working order. The Hollywood Hospital assured customers that no patient medical records had been accessed by the attackers, and that patient medical care wasn’t being compromised. However customers were unable to obtain test results electronically and had to resort to collecting them in person, and staff were struggling without the computer systems.

After less than a week of struggling, the announcement came that the Hollywood Hospital had paid the ransom amount of $17,000 (£11,800) to hackers. Hollywood Hospital’s chief executive Allen Stefanek, said:

“The amount of ransom requested was 40 bitcoins, equivalent to approximately $17,000. The quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems and administrative functions was to pay the ransom and obtain the decryption key.”

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35602527

It’s worrying that these attacks are on the increase, but more worrying that many companies still remain unaware of the full risks. Prevention can be implemented for a fraction of the cost of the potential damage, not to mention eliminating the amount of downtime suffered during a resolution process.

Terahost Ltd have vast experience in this area, and are happy to work with anybody wishing to safeguard against any eventuality.

Please contact us on 0161 327 2829 to discuss your requirements, and to arrange a no obligation, free IT health check.

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