A multifaceted sign of the times
"Stefanek also said that reports of the ransom payment were greatly exaggerated.After computer hack, L.A. hospital pays $17,000 in bitcoin ransom to get back medical records - The Washington Post
“The reports of the hospital paying 9000 Bitcoins or $3.4 million are false,” the statement said. “The amount of ransom requested was 40 Bitcoins, equivalent to approximately $17,000.”
For a 434-bed hospital with more than 500 doctors that’s generated as much as $209 million in yearly revenue, perhaps that wasn’t so much. But wasn’t any amount too much? Could anonymous computer wizards potentially compromise care and get away with it?