AU: Malware locks up 15,000 medical files at Cabrini Hospital, hackers demand ransom

Cameron Houston and Anthony Colangelo report:

A cyber crime syndicate has hacked and scrambled the medical files of about 15,000 patients from a specialist cardiology unit at Cabrini Hospital and demanded a ransom.

The attack is now the subject of a joint investigation by Commonwealth security agencies.

Melbourne Heart Group, which is based at the private hospital in Malvern, has been unable to access some patient files for more than three weeks, after the malware attack crippled its server and corrupted data.

So this is a situation in which we might understand why an entity would pay the demanded ransom, but in this case, the ransom may have been paid but the data were reportedly corrupted when the entity went to decrypt.

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