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Health care’s reliance on tech could be prime hacking target

Benita Zahn
Created: November 06, 2020 05:59 PM

It's a growing problem - hackers locking up the computer system of a health care facility, demanding what's known as ransomware to return things to normal.

Two hospitals in St. Lawrence County fell victim at the end of October. They had to turn away ambulances until they could re-enable their computer systems.

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Knowing health care's reliance on technology makes them a prime target for these cyber criminals.

Tim Weber is a cyber-security expert. He says medical facilities need to react fast if they're attacked, but the real work has to happen before to prevent hackers from doing their dirty work. That means taking a 360 approach and keeping systems updated.

While Weber never recommends paying off the hackers so organizations can regain control of their information, he recognizes it's a business decision. However, it may be illegal in the weeks ahead as the feds are looking at those payoffs as supporting terrorism.

NewsChannel 13's Benita Zahn reached out to local hospitals to see what they're doing, but none responded, perhaps worried about tipping their hand to the criminals.

Learn more about why Weber says none of these measures will work without also training employees by watching the video of Benita Zahn's story.


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