The experiences of two healthcare organizations that are still recovering from recent ransomware attacks after they refused to pay a ransom illustrate the challenges these incidents pose long after the initial attack.
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A second small city in Florida is paying off cybercriminals to recover from a ransomware attack that crippled the municipality's local network. How much did Lake City agree to pay, and how much of that was covered by insurance?
The city of Riviera Beach, Florida, has agreed to pay hackers about $600,000 in bitcoin to end a ransomware attack that crippled the city's IT infrastructure for nearly a month. In another recent incident, Baltimore refused to pay a ransom after an attack and faces $18 million in recovery costs so far.
One of the earliest ransomware victims in the healthcare sector has a strong message for organizations that believe they won't be targeted: Get prepared for an attack - otherwise you risk a devastating impact.
Several recently reported breaches involving ransomware attacks in which organizations recovered without paying a ransom to extortionists offer a glimmer of hope that healthcare entities are getting better prepared to deal with such incidents.