Reducing The Risk Of Cyber Extortion For Health Care Cos.

Law360, New York (February 24, 2016, 11:50 AM EST) -- Adam H. Greene

Rebecca L. Williams

Sean B. Hoar The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has been highlighting the threat posed by "ransomware" — when an organization is locked out of its own systems and files by cyber criminals who then demand the organization pay a ransom to regain access. The OCR launched its cyber-awareness initiative on Feb. 2 by emailing entities in the health care community an alert about the dangers that ransomware presents to their operations. Within two weeks of the OCR alert, the world learned how real this problem is when a...

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