Hospital Pays Ransom in Exchange for Promised Data Destruction

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Payment decision highlights healthcare challenges

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee (HealthInfoSec) •
June 7, 2021

Sturdy Memorial Hospital admits to paying a ransom for the attackers? promise to destroy stolen data.

The recent decision by a Massachusetts-based hospital to pay a ransom in exchange for attackers? pledges to destroy stolen data highlights the tough choices and pressures many healthcare facilities face after cyberattacks.

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In a May 28 notice of data breach posted on its website, the Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts said it discovered on February 9 a security incident affecting the operation of ?some? of its IT systems bothered.

“Our systems were backed up on the same day,” the hospital notes.

But it adds: ?In return for a ransom payment, we received an assurance that the information obtained would…

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