“Hackers struck Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center last month. They encrypted files critical to running the hospital’s systems. And then they asked for money.

After three weeks of operating without crucial computer programs, the Los Angeles hospital paid a $17,000 ransom to restore its systems.

The attackers followed the pattern of other “ransomware” hacks by sneaking onto the victim’s computer system, scrambling the files with an unbreakable code and refusing to release them until a ransom is paid. Around the same time, two German hospitals and the Los Angeles County Health Department saw their files seized in the same maddening way.”

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