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Why hospitals have become prime targets for ransomware attacks
Yahoo! News

Last fall, employees at UMass Memorial Medical Center clicked on an e-mail that looked just like any one of the hundreds of messages that flood their inboxes daily.

But this particular e-mail contained a hidden danger. When employees opened the message, they provided a gateway for malicious code to find its way onto several computers at the Worcester, Mass., facility – locking up dozens of files.

Soon thereafter, hospital workers saw a warning message flash across their screens telling them to pay a what hospital officials characterized as a “hefty” bounty if they wanted to see their data again.