Ransomware attack takes down LA hospital for hours
One of the greatest threats to private cybersecurity today is ransomware -- a cyberattack that blocks access to a computer until the hacker is paid a ransom.
- William Brangham for PBS Newshour February 29th, 2016
- Source: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/ransomware-attack-takes-down-la-hospital-for-hours/
But, first, a look at what’s become the latest threat to our cyber-security.
The problem took on new urgency recently when a hospital in Los Angeles had its entire computer network, including all its digital medical records, locked up by hackers. They demanded a ransom before they’d release the computers. It was the second such attack this month. L.A.’s Health Department was hit last week.
These types of computer attacks, which usually target individual computer users, are on the rise.