|Wood Ranch Medical Closes Due to Ransomware Attack
The effects of ransomware are always ugly. Sometimes companies are forced to pay astronomical ransoms via bitcoin, other times too few, companies are able to recover from backups. Unfortunately, on way too many occasions the company is forced to close its doors forever. Such is the case with Wood Ranch Medical in California, who had to close today due to an inability to recover from a ransomware attack.
reported by Health IT Security, California Provider to Close After Ransomware Attack Damages
System, “In August, the servers containing the electronic
health records of WRM were infected with ransomware. All patient data was
encrypted, including the backup hard drives. The damage to the computer system
was severe enough that data recovery was not an option.
As a result, officials said it would be impossible to rebuild
its medical records. WRM will close its practice and cease operations on
December 17, 2019.”
The average ransomware outage is now lasting 10 days. For smaller victims, the average ransom is $36,000, but Patchworx has seen ransoms into the millions of dollars, with no guarantee of successful results. Here is a sad note from Wood Ranch Medical to their patients, “As much as I have enjoyed providing medical care to you, I will not be able to attend to you professionally after that date,” officials wrote in a statement. “Between now and December 17th, we will work with you as you seek another medical practitioner for you and your family's healthcare needs.”
Here are some important tips you should consider to lessen your chances of being victimized by ransomware: