Los Angeles County health department targeted in ransomware attack

Abby Sewell reports that Los Angeles County Department of Health Services computers were hit with a ransomware attack just days after a similar attack on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center.  The attack was on a smaller scale and the county did not pay any ransom. Nor, it seems, did they need to.

Spokesman Michael Wilson said the agency had identified remnants of a ransomware thread on five work computers Wednesday, but that operations had not been affected.”There has been no spread of any ransomware virus or compromise of any DHS network,” he said.

The department reported the incident to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and the county’s chief information office.

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