Los Angeles hospital pays $17,000 ransom to free computer system

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles decided to pony up about $17,000 in the cybercurrency Bitcoin in order to have hackers release control of its computer systems. "The quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems and administrative functions was to pay the ransom and obtain the decryption key," Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center CEO Allen Stefanek said in a statement. The incident has highlighted what has been a growing concern about the use of malware and ransomware in healthcare settings such as hospitals and physician offices. Read the full article at FierceHealthIT

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