Tuesday May 24, 2016

Ransomware Hackers Get Their Money, Immediately Ask For More

What do you mean those ransomware hackers got the money they demanded from the hospital but still want more? Normally paying off hackers is a brilliant idea. Wait. No it isn't. I'm not sure why the hospital didn't just go with its "backup plan" in the first place.

According to Hospital President Dr. Greg Durick, Kansas Heart initially paid "a small amount" in ransom, but the hackers refused to decrypt the hospital's hijacked files. The hospital shut down negotiations after the second ransom demand, saying it no longer felt "this was a wise maneuver or strategy." The hospital says patient information was never in jeopardy and operations were never impacted.