Hackers Hold Hospital for Ransom

Tech and Science News: Hackers Hold Hospital for Ransom

In the biggest case so far, a hospital in Hollywood has paid $17K worth of ransom in bitcoins to hackers who locked down their infrastructure earlier this month. First they came for the medical equipment. Next they will come for your thermostat. You'll never enjoy a comfortable temperature again.

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  • Anacreaa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    seeing gray in a metric shirt has been a very pleasant surprise :0

  • CatAss FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold CatAss

    1 year ago

    I work in the call center that does the IT support of this hospital. Total cluster fuck.

  • GreyGhost9036 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Angry Beaver

    1 year ago

    makes me think maybe the settlers from that direct tv commercial have it right. But then I realize I need my dose of Xcom

  • forgottenlor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I would not worry about you being attacked personally. Bill Gates and other very rich, sure, but you personally don't have sufficient personal wealth to be worth going after. Credit Card theft isn't being done to steal some credit cards, its being done to steal several hundred thousand credit cards and siphon off a few thousand each. Spending them time of handing out unlocks to each victim individually is expensive unless there's sufficient value in each individual attack and most individuals are unable to shell out more than a few hundred from their personal accounts.

  • deadaccount

    1 year ago

    Seriously, back up your files. Back up your backups. Backblaze is inexpensive, and an external drive shouldn't be too far out of reach for most people. Utilizing one, or better yet both, of these options will give you peace of mind and save you a lot of pain should you fall to ransomware.
    "I've locked you out of your own files. Pay me."
    "Nah, I think I'll just format my drives and use a recovery image. Joke's on you, chump."

  • DarkTempler7 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Why is anything important in a hosiptal connected to the internet in this day and age? That's just idiotic.

    • forgottenlor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Actually, they want more patient records to be connected to the Internet for a lot of good reasons. Patient records you want to be passed from department to department and digital records being accessible is much easier than non-digital and it becomes insanely hard if you want to build it as a double network. There's also digital submission of insurance claims, outside referrals, scheduling and allowing for online booking of appointments, and ways to communicate with remote employees such as nurses doing house calls. In fact, the medical profession has been derided by tech circles for how slow it has been to get into the digital age and take advantage of possible improvements the digital age can provide.

  • shannonrose FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold mtvtdchng

    1 year ago

    I work in a hospital, and my department was hit with a similar ransomware attack. Hospital in our case wouldn't pay because it was limited just our department and we're not critical to facility operations.

    Since my boss was very insistent on saving all documents on the drive that was hit, other than one or two critical databases that I had backed up to a network folder (without his knowledge) we lost everything. It sucks

  • Orac FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Holding on to "Sponsor"

    1 year ago

    Elaborate advertising for Mr Robot? :P

  • TRSChaos FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Why is it the manufacture fault the computer get hack? It's the consumer fault. If the consumer download a virus or leave a computer on, with little protection, connected to a network, its the consumer fault, not the computer company.

    • deadaccount

      1 year ago

      Because the consumer (hospital staff, in this case) literally cannot change the passwords to these devices/programs. That layer of security is entirely locked down by the manufacturer and, as Gray and Meg so clearly laid out - if you had bothered to pay attention - those manufacturer manuals are easy to find and download.

    • forgottenlor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Depends on the structure of the security put in place. The software I develop, there are a lot of ways it could break that I would absolutely say my company was at fault for improperly securing. There's also a lot of ways I could blame the customer, but if my software is not following general standards for security, it is definitely our fault if the known ways to break those forms of insufficient security get exploited

  • alexanka FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    If you force a hospital to pay a ransom you a massive cunt


    • TheBoJaN FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      If you force a patient to pay $20,000 you a massive cunt

    • Phatnaru FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      @TheBoJaN

      Although I agree, there are a lot of businesses that overcharge for service. At least hospitals perform one of the most important and valuable jobs among the workforce while they do it. It might put me in debt, but at least it keeps me alive. That more than I can say for, say, universities, which will put you in debt and potentionally not even get you a job.

    • alexanka FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      @Phatnaru Getting sick shouldn't ruin your life with debt.

  • TheRTV FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Round Peg in Square Hole

    1 year ago

    It doesn't matter how secure you make your software, there will always be people out there trying to break that encryption. It's the risk you take by placing you information on the internet.

  • Mainard FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Sometimes paying the ransom is the only thing you can do to even try to get your files back.


    Also, to help against ransomware Malwarebytes put out their own anti-ransomware technology into a beta application. You can read more and check it out here: https://blog.malwarebytes.org/news/2016/01/introdu...


    Stay safe on the Internet people...


    • someguyontheinternet FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Another way not to get ransomware don't click on random links people post in their comments

    • Mainard FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      @someguyontheinternet Yea fair. But you can see the webpage being Malwarebytes; a well known anti-malware company. Your point is quite true still, don't trust all links on the Internet.


      Continue being safe on the Internet! :)

  • Give_me_milk FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Well doesn't this make me feel great about the future