Thursday February 18, 2016

Hollywood Hospital Paid $17,000 Ransom To Hackers

If you've ever wondered why hackers do this kind of thing it's because it works. Normally it's a couple hundred bucks at a time though, not the $17,000 this hospital just put out. frown

A Los Angeles hospital paid a ransom of about $17,000 to hackers who infiltrated and disabled its computer network because paying was in the best interest of the hospital and the most efficient way to solve the problem, the medical center's chief executive said Wednesday. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid the demanded ransom of 40 bitcoins آ— currently worth $16,664 dollars آ— after the network infiltration that began Feb. 5, CEO Allen Stefanek said in a statement.