Hackers took over California hospital, demanded millions in ransom money to restore digital files

Saturday, February 27, 2016
By Paul Martin

by: Harold Shaw
Saturday, February 27, 2016

In dystopian views of human society, there’s always a fear of losing control. Computers and robots are already everywhere, taking care of what used to be the responsibility of humans. In the hands of the right individuals, they can be made to serve a different purpose, one that doesn’t necessarily follow the greater good, but rather the agenda of a small group of individuals. The future is now.

On February 5, something similar happened to a Californian hospital. The computerized systems of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center were suddenly frozen by a software demanding payment in order to give the administrators control of their own system. For more than a week, the institution could not perform CT scans, deliver chemotherapy treatment or deal with emergency cases. Employees were keeping up with the work through fax machines, pens, papers and calls from their personal phones. This is what happens when you fully relinquish control.

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