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Los Angeles hospital paid hackers $17,000 ransom in bitcoins

February 18
21:20 2016

Allen Stefanek said in a statement that paying the ransom was the “quickest and most efficient way” of regaining access to the affected systems, which were crippled on Feb. 5 and interfered with hospital staff’s ability to communicate electronically. Stefanek said there was no evidence that any patient or employee information was accessed in the so-called malware attack, and that the hospital fully restored access to its electronic medical record system this Monday. “Patient care has not been compromised in any way,” Stefanek said.

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