U.S. –Hollywood Presbyterian pays $17,000 ransom to regain control over systems from hackers

From the Healthcare Finance news item:

Officials at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center on Wednesday night said they have paid hackers a $17,000 ransom to regain access and control over the hospital’s computer systems after a low-tech ransomware attack locked them out of their networks.

In a letter posted online by hospital CEO Allen Stefanek, the executive said the payment was the quickest way to restore their systems.

Earlier reports suggested hackers requested $3.4 million in Bitcoin as a ransom, but Stefanek claimed that figure was wrong. Instead, he said the attackers requested 40 Bitcoins, which are worth about $17,000…

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