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Los Angeles hospital pays hackers US$17,000 ransom

SYSTEM BREACH: Hollywood Presbyterian's attackers demanded their payment in the form of 40 bitcoins, a difficult- to-trace currency.

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IT sounds like the plot of a Hollywood thriller, but the all-too-real scenario played out this month at a large Los Angeles hospital: Hackers seized control of critical computer systems and the hospital paid a US$17,000 ransom to release them.

So-called ransomware attacks...