Hacked Hollywood hospital haggles ransomers down to $17,000


“After struggling with a ransomware infection for a week, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center officials decided to cut a deal with their data’s captors… but not before they negotiated a substantial discount.

When we told you about the hospital’s predicament a few days ago, the cost of restoring their encrypted data was quite steep. The criminals responsible for the infection were demanding 9,000BTC — which totaled more than $3.6 million at current rates — to undo the damage.

At that price, it’s easy to see why administrators would have struggled to decide on a course of action. With millions of dollars at stake, the risk was great. However, when the hospital was able to negotiate a massive discount the decision got a whole lot easier.”


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