LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chief executive of a Los Angeles hospital says it paid a ransom in bitcoins equivalent to about $17,000 to hackers who infiltrated and disabled its computer network.
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center CEO Allen Stefanek said in a statement Wednesday that paying the ransom of 40 bitcoins was “the quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems and administrative functions.” He says the hospital did it in the interest of restoring normal operations.READ MORE: Restraining Order Issued Against Atlas Metal; Mountain Of Scrap Metal Towering Over Jordan High School Called A 'Public Nuisance'
Stefanek says the hospital first noticed the malware in its computer system on Feb. 5, and normal operations were restored on Monday, 10 days later.READ MORE: Fellow Student Killed Kristin Smart During Attempted Rape At Cal Poly Dorm, Prosecutors Allege
He said patient care was not affected, and there’s no evidence patient data was compromised.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says the agency is investigating the extortion plot, often called “ransomware,” but she couldn’t immediately provide further details.MORE NEWS: Ex-Catholic Priest Charged With Sexually Assaulting 4 Boys In Palmdale, Redondo Beach
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