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Decades-Old Specialized Equipment Makes Hospital a Prime Target for Hackers
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For 10 days in February, the staff at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center had to treat patients the old-fashioned way with pen-and-paper forms, faxes and hand-delivered X-rays. Gone were many of the data-reliant, high-tech tools that have transformed medical care, according to local media reports.

The Los Angeles hospital had fallen victim to a ransomware attack – increasingly common network break-ins that encrypt all information in their path. When hospital computer systems freeze, the hackers offer to reverse the encryption in exchange for cash.