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MORE HOSPITALS WERE HIT WITH RANSOMWARE


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Three more hospitals were hit with ransomware, leading one of which to declare an internal emergency…

 

The ransomware, Locky, infected a Henderson, Kentucky based medical center late last week.  It is reported that that the malicious virus tried to spread throughout the entire internal network of Methodist Hospital, and was successful in compromising various systems.  According toKrebs on Security, on Friday, March 18, 2016, the hospital declared an internal state of emergency after losing access to multiple web-based services and electronic communications.  The attack was originated through a malicious email that requested the recipients to open an attachment regarding invoices.

The ransom that was being demanded was four bitcoins, or roughly USD $1,600.  Healthcare Informatics reported the Methodist Hospital did not pay the ransom, and is indeed back up and running.  Hospital officials reported the investigation is ongoing, and denied any patient records being leaked.

Two Southern California hospitals were also hit with ransomware last Friday.  The hospitals affected were Chino Valley Medical Center and Desert Valley Hospital.  The specifics of the attacks are not being disclosed; however it is reported by Kaiser Health News, that the hospitals remain operational and are taking measures to restore their systems.

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read on in http://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2016/03/23/52934-methodist-hospital-hit-with-ransomware/?kyhospitalransomware=

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And this illustrates my point.  Key parts of the article:

1 hour ago, sman said:

Methodist Hospital did not pay the ransom, and is indeed back up and running.

 

1 hour ago, sman said:

hospitals remain operational and are taking measures to restore their systems.

These are not just single computers - these are entire networks used at those hospitals, with trained IT staff to maintain them.  Guess what?  Part of maintenance is routine backups.  That's why the first hospital is back up and running, and they are working on the other two to restore them (from backups).

So, yeah.  Backups.  Key to restoral of services when you're faced with an IT crisis from malware.

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Services will definitely be hit, till complete restoration and above all the 'chaos' prompting declaration of 'emergency', disruption of operations, patient care/treatment.. Even if there is backup, it will not be smooth sail back to normalcy, and no setup can afford to go thru' this sort of operational paralysis.. Prevention is better than cure..

 

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Just last week a hospital in West Virginia got hit too. My coworker told me that his friend is one of the IT techs for the hospital that got hit with the ransonware.

Also where I live the hospital got hacked and hackers got social security numbers and other information from  BCBS Anthem. This was about a year ago. You just never know when and what is next in this day and time.:(

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10 minutes ago, sman said:

If 'Cyberworld' is to be ruled by crooks, it will be at the expense of 'Growth', no moving forward. What then can one do for the next/succeeding generations to 'savour'? 

While you're busy worrying about this one, don't think about killshots from the sun, pole shifts, or EMP from terrorists.  A few crooks is trivial compared to foraging in the hills with a stick looking for a coyote with some meat on his bones.  Its all relative, and obsession with what "may" happen generally leads to results that affect you for years to come.  The situation is hopeless, but not serious.

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But it is the 'trivial' lot, who are keeping the entire IT industry on 'tenterhooks', 'security' business to thrive.. How many man hours, money, efforts are going down the drain which can be put to other constructive usage and all to what end?

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