How ECMC got hacked by cyber extortionists
Henry L. Davis provides some greater depth to the coverage of the ransomware attack on Erie County Medical Center:
It was 2 a.m. Palm Sunday. Computer screens across Erie County Medical Center flashed white with bright red words: “What happened to your files?”
The ransom demands began with hot pink text.
“Step1: You must send us 1.7 BitCoin for each affected PC OR 24 BitCoins to receive ALL Private Keys for ALL affected PC’s.”
Hackers had encrypted the hospital’s files and wanted the current equivalent of $44,000 to provide a key to unlock them.
Read more on The Buffalo News. It was also inspiring to read how everyone – employees and external firms – rallied to work together in service of patient care.