Thursday, February 18, 2016

After computer hack, L.A. hospital pays $17,000 in bitcoin ransom to get back medical records - The Washington Post

A multifaceted sign of the times
"Stefanek also said that reports of the ransom payment were greatly exaggerated.

“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?

Yes."
After computer hack, L.A. hospital pays $17,000 in bitcoin ransom to get back medical records - The Washington Post
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