Experts Predict More Medical Facilities Will Need to Recover From Ransomware

All business entities face a serious situation when their computers are hacked and infected with viruses. Some organizations find the problem to be particularly severe; medical facilities are primary examples. Having ironclad cyber security in place to block malicious programs, including ransomware, is crucial. If files do become compromised and taken over by hackers demanding money for system restoration, the organization needs a tech company that can help it promptly recover from ransomware and not suffer a permanent loss of files.

Ransomware is different than most destructive software viruses that computer viruses are more familiar with. Instead of automatically and permanently destroying data, the malicious program encrypts the data so it is unusable. The hackers demand a ransom to decrypt and restore the files.

Business owners may feel at a loss about how to proceed. They don’t want to encourage criminals by paying a ransom and they probably don’t have any faith they’ll actually get the data decrypted. Yet when the malware is new, it can be impossible to find a tech team that is able to eliminate it from a system. Hiring a company that has programmers who specialize in these problems is highly beneficial. They know how to search through the code and track down the infection, after which they work to eradicate it and restore the files.

It may seem unbelievable that large medical facilities could be vulnerable to these sorts of attacks, but this happened in London in May 2017. The hospitals affected decided to stop all non-urgent service until the problem was resolved. In 2016, a California hospital admitted paying hackers $17,000 in order to reclaim control of its computer system.

Technology experts predict similar problems for hospitals and other medical centers not only in Europe but in North America and elsewhere. Medical facilities that are lax about updates and have older operating systems are most at risk. Ransomware is a form of extortion and thus is a criminal act, but law enforcement authorities have a significant amount of trouble tracking down hackers. In addition, other skilled programmers pop up in the realm of malicious software creation regularly.