For more than 1 week the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in California was without its computer system due to another malware strike from CRYPTOWALL. First reports were that the hospital’s data was being held up for over 3 million dollars in ransom.
As of February 18, 2016 new reports have stated the hospital has paid over $17,000.00 to those who deployed this malware onto the network.
FBI counter terrorism cyber people have previously posted there is nothing they can do other than recommend the ransom be paid.
The management of Computrs Inc once again urges every computer user to be diligent in backing up every computer and having regular computer scans performed to protect against this latest round of CRYPTOWALL.
Malwarebytes has announce they have a beta release of available of utility that might block CRYPTOWALL from encrypting a computer’s data. Computrs Inc has begun installations of this utility as of February 18, 2016.
CNBC report “The hospital held by hostage hackers” http://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/16/