Safety

Hackers offer deal to D.C. hospital to restore computers

Hospital Safety Insider, April 7, 2016

Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to Hospital Safety Insider!

Hackers offered a deal to a Washington, D.C. hospital that has been working around a paralyzed computer network following a ransomware attack that was discovered March 28, according to a report in Campus Safety magazine.

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital discovered the ransomware attack, which is software that encrypts information and essentially locks computers until a code unlocks them. Under the proposition offered, the hospital would have to pay 3 bitcoins (about $1,250) to the hackers for the digital key to unlock one computer or send 45 bitcoins (approximately $18,500) for the key to unlock the entire system, according to the report.

The hospital's three main clinical information systems have been restored, allowing doctors to access medical records on a read-only basis, Campus Safety reports. The FBI is investigating the attack.

Read more here.



Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to Hospital Safety Insider!

    Hospital Safety Center
  • Hospital Safety Center

    Improve compliance with hospital safety standards from The Joint Commission, OSHA, and other regulators with this...

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance

    Created exclusively for healthcare facility managers, plant operations professionals, and directors of engineering, this...

  • Hospital Safety Insider

    Stay on top of hospital safety requirements and best practices with our free, fast-paced weekly update.

  • Basic OSHA Compliance Manual Kit

    Total compliance has never been easier. This one convenient package contains everything you need to ensure your outpatient...

  • Basic Dental OSHA Compliance Manual Kit

    Total compliance has never been easier. This one convenient package contains everything you need to ensure your dental...

Most Popular