These ransomware cyber attacks against critical U.S. infra-structure (Energy and Food production/Distribution to name a couple) are going to begin being more frequent and severe in the coming months.
Remember your OODA Loop: Action always beats Reaction.
Today I posted this news at ‘Frauds & Crooks’ but since I have so often written about JBS, and the other big meatpackers pushing for more refugee resettlement because they need the cheap and captive refugee laborers, the post could just as well have been posted here at RRW. https://fraudscrookscriminals.com/2021/06/02/is-jbs-hack-a-russian-ransomeware-attack-or-something-more/Supply Chain Vulnerability! Meatpacker JBS Hit with Ransomeware Attack — Refugee Resettlement Watch
This is the new era of crime folks, Hackers (and Tech Companies) holding data hostage. Ultimately, like always, it is the average person, in this case, the sick people in these hospitals, who suffers. Crime is Crime, I don’t care how it is facilitated.
The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles has announced that it paid hackers 40 bitcoins ($17,000 USD). The criminals had used malicious software to encrypt the hospital’s records, and held the key to decrypt the files for ransom.
The hospital was infected with the software, commonly called “ransomware,” on Feb. 5. Presumably, someone on the hospital network opened an email attachment or clicked a link they shouldn’t have. From there, a message typically appears on the infected computers, demanding payment to restore access. There’s usually a deadline.
A ransomware attack at this scale, which could potentially put lives at risk, has so far been uncommon. The targets have largely been individuals and small organizations, and the payments demanded are usually under $1,000. And the Federal Bureau of Investigation, at least according to one agent, often advises victims to just pay the ransom if they want their files back.
Indeed, this was the case for Hollywood Presbyterian. The hospital’s CEO said in a statement Wednesday night (Feb. 18) that paying the criminals was “the quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems and administrative functions.”
And now, everything is back to normal. “HPMC has restored its electronic medical record system (“EMR”) on Monday, February 15th,” the CEO said in the statement. “All systems currently in use were cleared of the malware and thoroughly tested.”
Read the Original Article at QZ