What do you do when hackers kidnap your data and hold it for ransom?
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in California recently faced that question.
The hospital's management decided it was worth forking over $17,000 in bitcoin cyber currency to regain access to their patient digital information and other data held hostage by a malicious software program.
Ransomware, as it has come be known, has been around for years, but this hospital case is perhaps the most egregious example of its use as part of a cyber attack.
The medical center issued a statement saying that patient care was not compromised while their data was unavailable.
Still, it's unsettling to hear that a hospital is shut out of parts of its own computer systems and unable to communicate electronically.
Ransomware does its dirty work by encrypting files until a ransom payment releases the decryption key.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this case is that the hackers asked for only $17,000—not that much money to an institution that that pulls in hundreds of millions in annual revenue.
But it's almost certain that future instances of ransomware attacks will involve more exorbitant demands.
1.hold for 举行
例句:He tends to buy stocks in quality companies that he can hold for a long time.
2.access to 获得
例句:Whether it's a computer, a tablet or a smartphone, there will always be a user contingent that wants access to all the knobs and buttons to tweak the product and service as much as they like.
3.medical center 医疗中心
例句:I have to take him to the medical center.
4.ask for 要求
例句:Student leaders appeared on television to ask for calm.