Hospital pays $17,000 in bitcoins to hackers who took control of computers

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  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    $17K is not that much in the real world sounds like some local kids.

    There is nothing on my exposed devices that we would pay $17 a hacker for let alone $17.000.

    Reformat and restore from backups.


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    Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid a $17,000 ransom in bitcoins to a hacker who seized control of hospital's computer systems and would only give back access when the money was paid, the hospital's chief executive said Wednesday.

    Hollywood hospital pays $17,000 in bitcoins to hackers who took control of computers
     
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  2. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter+++

    You are correct. 17 thousand is not much but then maybe they can hide/ disappear a smaller amount easier. Seems really odd.
     
  3. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Pick a small ransom, and they will likely pay it several times, before they realize they are being bled out. (Death of a thousand cuts). Make that bill 100,000.00, and watch the hospital declare an emergency, call out the guard, demand the Feds DO SOMETHING! !!!.

    Just like you would not scream TOO loudly if a contractors bill was a bit more than you expected, it seems not worth the time and money to fight about it.
     
  4. Legion489

    Legion489 Rev. 2:19 Banned

    Yeah, I had my identity stolen. I made them pay me $500 to take it back. $17,000 is a couple insurance fraud /over payments to the hospital, or 15 aspirin. In other words, petty change.
     
  5. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    we will continue to see ransomware exploits as long as we have computers.
    I'm just waiting for the day they slip stream it into something like Tax prep or Industrial control software packages. At that point there won't be enough BitCoins in existence nor available for purchase to appease the perpetrators. They'll have to go back to suitcases of greenbacks.
     
  6. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++ Site Supporter++

    Now the hacker only has $8,500. It will soon be zero.
     
  7. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    Actually they wanted 40 [btc] it would currently be worth 308k .. but about a month ago that would have been north of 800k.
     
  8. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++ Site Supporter++

    I remember when emu eggs were selling for $5,000 a piece. Everyone was going to get rich selling "emu meat" in Texas. People formed partnerships to buy eggs and paid people to hatch and raise them. A year later emus were running around as a public nuisance. No one would give you anything for a emu. Same is happening to Bitcoin, IMO.
     
  9. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    And those BTC are long gone having been converted to something else from currency to commodity. BTC would have been used purely to obscure the money trail.
     
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