“60 Minutes” reports on ransomware this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/PT
This Sunday evening, May 5, CBS’s Scott Pelley will be reporting on ransomware in a segment on “60 Minutes.” The segment includes some discussion of the Hancock Regional Hospital incident where the hospital forthrightly disclosed that it paid ransom to protect their patients from a crippling ransomware attack.
And keep in mind that we have all read conflicting statistics about what happens next when entities do pay the ransom. Some reports say that only a minority of victims get working decryption keys, while one major law firm’s report says that 94% of their clients who pay the ransom do get the decryption keys.
So I continue to suspect, but cannot prove, that ransom is being paid a lot more often than we read about in the media. I wish there was a way to get all incident response firms and lawyers to share a bit more about how often this happens — and to share how often there have been ransomware incidents that potentially put patients at risk of harm but we were never told about the incidents at all.