Ransomware attacks have devastating financial consequences for law firms and businesses. Yet they have hit a new low after an attack on a German hospital.
I was saddened to learn that a critically ill patient died after her ambulance had to be rerouted to a hospital in another city.
The cyber criminals had targeted the main university, but missed and hit the university hospital. When contacted by the police and informed of the death, the hackers sent the decryption key without requiring a ransom payment.
Unfortunately, the launching of computer viruses and other malware has increased at a time when a biological virus is demanding worldwide attention.
While medical researchers have not yet developed a proven Coronavirus vaccine, we do have robust, if not perfect, defenses against computer viruses.