There is a new game in town. It is a twist on cyber-security. Hackers have decided to monetize their hacking habits.
The computers at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center have been down for more than a week as the Southern California hospital works to recover from a Ransomware attack.
According to officials HPMC, they're cooperating fully with the LAPD and FBI, as law enforcement attempts to discover the identity of the attackers.
However, in the meantime the network is offline and staff are struggling to deal with the loss of email and access to some patient data.
In such attacks, cybercriminals infect a system with malicious software--often via phishing attacks--and lock up files, demanding ransom to unlock them under threat of deleting them. The hackers, who have not yet been identified, are demanding payment of 9,000 Bitcoins, or just over $3.6 million dollars, according to CSO.
Ransomware attacks are on the rise, including an attack on Mount Pleasant, Texas-based Titus Regional Medical Center in January. Meanwhile, Forrester Research has predicted that this year ransom attacks will begin to target medical devices such as pacemakers.
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center takes systems offline due to ransomware attack - FierceHealthIT