“Electronic medical records led to quite the unique hostage situation in Los Angeles [recently].”
That’s what The Washington Post wrote about a computer hack at an L.A. hospital, prompting the hospital to pay $17,000 in ransom to the hackers.
Hackers used malware to lock access to certain computer systems at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, preventing staff from sharing medical records electronically.
This incident has prompted questions as to how the hospital stores and manages its records. The medical records were stored electronically on an internal server, but it’s unknown whether its network infrastructure provides a tiered level of security, whether its IT staff properly encrypted the information, trained staff on anti-phishing techniques, or conducted frequent security and vulnerability audits.