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Hackers hold Hollywood hospital’s computer network hostage for $5M
CBC News

A hospital in Southern California is currently without access to email, digital patient records, and some internet-connected medical devices following a cyberattack that saw hackers take its computer networks clear offline – before demanding more than $5 million US in ransom.

NBC LA reports that an “internal emergency” was declared at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles after staff began experiencing “significant IT issues” around Feb. 5.

Hospital CEO and president Allen Stefanek confirmed the attack on Friday as both The Los Angeles Police Department and The FBI launched investigations into the case, noting that “the shutdown has not affected patient care.”