If you ever find yourself the victim of a phishing attack and ransomware, you’ll only have a few options to try and deal with your circumstances.
Today, successful ransomware attacks involve stolen or encrypting the victim’s data. And to get it back, you have to pay the ransom. Of course, paying the ransom is no guarantee that you’ll get your data back, but it’s certainly higher than not paying it.
One option to a ransomware attack is to pay the ransom and pray. Unsurprisingly, this is the option most often chosen by executives and small and mid-size businesses. According to an article on HelpNetSecurity, “More than half (55 percent) of executives at SMBs said they would pay hackers in order to recover their stolen data in ransomware attacks.” That from the second quarterly AppRiver Cyberthreat Index for Business Survey.
An article on SCMagazine website further clarified that, “The sectors that are most willing to pay were technology, financial and insurance, government, and telecom. Those in legal, health care and the non-profit sectors are least willing to pay a ransom.”
This leads us to the headline of our story. There’s at least one healthcare organization that chose option number two: refuse to pay the ransom.
According to another article on SCMagazine website, two doctors from Michigan refused to pay the $6,500 ransom after being locked out of their files. They did not believe that paying the ransom would have gotten them their files released. “Faced with the daunting task of rebuilding their practice’s database from scratch the two doctors instead decided to retire,” the article stated.
The assumption here is that the doctors were close to retirement age. Unfortunately, not every victim of ransomware is in such a fortunate position.
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