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Criminal hackers now target hospitals, police stations and schools
Los Angeles Times

Three weeks ago, a debilitating digital virus spread quickly in computer networks at three Southern California hospitals owned by Prime Healthcare Services.

Using a pop-up window, hackers demanded about $17,000 in the hard-to-trace cybercurrency called Bitcoin to destroy the virus they had implanted. The virus had encrypted medical and other data so it was impossible to access. The company says it defeated the cyberattack without paying a ransom. But it acknowledged some cancer patients were temporarily prevented from receiving radiology treatments, and other operations were disrupted briefly while computer systems were down.

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