KY: Park DuValle health center pays $70,000 ransom for patient records in cyberattack

Chris Otts reports on one of my nightmares that became a reality for a Kentucky center:

Park DuValle Community Health Center, a nonprofit that runs medical clinics for low-income and uninsured patients in western Louisville and other areas, has paid hackers nearly $70,000 in hopes of unlocking the medical records of some 20,000 patients that have been held hostage for nearly two months.

Elizabeth Ann Hagan-Grigsby, Park DuValle’s CEO, said in an interview Thursday that the organization has not been able to access its records or appointment scheduling system since June 7 because of a “ransomware” attack – the second such attack on Park DuValle’s computer system since April.

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