Hackers Cripple D.C. Health System’s Computer System, Ransomware Suspected

March 30, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating whether a virus that crippled the computer systems of a Washington, D.C., area health system was ransomware, according to a March 29, 2016, ABC News report. Ransomware is a virus hackers use to infect a victim's computer system, allowing them to demand payment to restore the victim's system to normal. The virus shut down operations at some DC-area hospitals and doctors' offices, locking employees out of their accounts and leaving patients unable to book appointments.

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