The Ottawa Hospital fends off ransomware attack

The Ottawa Hospital did not have to pay a ransom to regain use of its computers.
The Ottawa Hospital did not have to pay a ransom to regain use of its computers.

The Ottawa Hospital confirmed today that several of the facility's computers were infected with ransomware last week, however, the hospital said the attack was quickly discovered, the computers isolated, no patient information was lost and nor was a payout made.

The hospital, located in Ottawa, Canada, had four of its 9,800 computers infected with the malware that effectively locked down the machines making it impossible for workers to access any of the stored files, a hospital spokeswoman told SCMagazine. The hospital's IT department identified the malicious software as ransomware, but the spokeswoman was not aware of a ransom note being received.

The hospital spokesman did not say exactly how the malware was introduced into its system other than to note the infection was let loose when a hospital worker clicked on a malicious link, CBC News said. Ransomware is usually injected using a phishing scam.

In February Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center was hit with a ransomware attack.

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