Hackers Attack LA Health Department Computers
Los Angeles County health department officials say the "ransomware" breach did not impact operations or compromise the network.
Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles County Health Department Targeted In Ransomware Attack
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services computers have been targeted in a "ransomware" cyberattack, officials said Friday. Ransomware is a type of malware that takes control of computers and cuts off users' access to files or threatens to destroy them unless a ransom is paid. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center officials said earlier this month that they had paid a $17,000 ransom in bitcoin to a hacker who seized control of the hospital's computer systems. The attack on the Los Angeles County health department was on a smaller scale. (Sewell, 2/26)