The recent ransomware case at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles garnered widespread attention when the hospital paid roughly US $17,000 to cybercriminals for a decryption key to put its information systems back online.

But it was not simply that the facility was located in the movie capital of the United States, or that the hospital building is featured in the opening sequence of a long-running soap opera television program. What made this story so compelling was that a ransomware attack on a hospital put lives in danger. The other key point here:  this ransomware extortion was actually made public. Most cases of ransomware go unreported because the criminals are paid quickly and quietly because the organization does not want the notoriety associated with their reputation.

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