Hackers hold medical center’s patient data hostage

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The Miami Family Medical Centre in Australia found its entire patient database encrypted by Russian hackers looking for a ransom of several thousand dollars, reported Sara Hicks at ABC News. The hackers hijacked the server holding patient health records.

"It's people who know how to break in past firewalls and hack passwords to get onto the server," said David Wood, co-owner of the medical center. According to Wood, the patient data was encrypted by the hackers but not stolen.

As the medical center worked with a contractor to restore backup files, Wood said he was trying to work with the hackers on a ransom payment. Without the patient data, continued operations were difficult but ongoing.

"What medication you're on can be retrieved from the pharmacists [and] pathology results can be gotten back from pathology," Wood said.

For more:
- see Sara Hicks' article at ABC News

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