Ransomware hackers get their cash, then ask for extra
Kansas Coronary heart Hospital in Wichita is the newest to be focused by ransomware hackers, native information channel KWCH 12 stories. In contrast to different current assaults, nevertheless, the Wichita attackers by no means made good on their finish of the deal. As an alternative of restoring entry to hospital techniques after receiving their ransom, they merely demanded extra money.
Based on Hospital President Dr. Greg Durick, Kansas Coronary heart initially paid “a small quantity” in ransom, however the hackers refused to decrypt the hospital’s hijacked information. The hospital shut down negotiations after the second ransom demand, saying it not felt “this was a sensible maneuver or technique.” As Durick advised KWCH, Kansas Coronary heart had a backup plan that instantly went into motion and, “I feel it helped in minimizing the quantity of injury the encrypted agent might do.” The hospital says affected person info was by no means in jeopardy and operations have been by no means impacted.
Whereas the Wichita hackers might have been enjoying soiled, the makers of the “uncrackable” TeslaCrypt ransomware virus lately handed over the keys to permit anybody affected to retrieve their information. A ransomware assault on Congress was reportedly thwarted earlier this month as properly, however a hospital in Los Angeles needed to fork over forty bitcoin (about $17,000) after falling sufferer to an identical assault in February.