This is a more of a warning to our great Australian members. While I don’t know if any of you are affected by this heinous deed, you might be.
A group of criminals has hacked the Miami Family Medical Center’s patient records, broken their encryption and re-encrypted them, making them unavailable to the Center, its patients and their Physicians and healthcare personnel.
They are offering to supply the new encryption key for a payment of ransom. They have also threatened to wipe the hard drive of all stored data unless the hefty payments are received. The payment is A$4,000 (US$4,196).
Paying these cyber-criminals will only result in more demands, most likely.
If you are among that center’s patient population, please take notice… I’m sorry for your anxiety and any damage these cyber-criminals might do to you.