HEALTH PLAN BEHIND NEW HOSPITAL RANSOM-WARE INCIDENTS

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HEALTH PLAN BEHIND NEW HOSPITAL RANSOM-WARE INCIDENTS

by Derrick Smithsonian for HealthTurnup

Hospitals downloaded ransomware with their electronic payment from a plan that demanded discounts for out of network services
ON THE HEELS OF a highly-publicized ransomware attack experienced by a southern California hospital, HealthTurnup has learned a number of additional hospitals have been victims of a “copycat” hospital ransomware campaign that has been orchestrated by a health plan seeking reductions in their out-of-network payments.

According to sources, the new hospital ransomware incidents all involve malware downloaded when accepting electronic payment from the plan for out of network services, that locks the hospital’s information system by encrypting virtually all files, until a ransom is returned equal to a percentage discount of the previously paid out of network charges.

Sources indicate that the FBI cut short an investigation of the incidents after determining there was proper disclosure provided in the health plan’s electronic payment page, that accepting download of payment of full charges for the out of network services would also provide “download of a suite of complimentary payment adjustment software.”

“Who reads the legal fine print in the tiny font that accompanies those electronic payment download pages provided by the plans?” a representative for one of the impacted hospitals complained. “And the galling thing is, the health plan demanded their discount refund in bitcoins. We’re still issuing refunds with paper checks. Do you know what a pain it is to manually adjust one transaction to bitcoins?”

 

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2 Responses

  1. On Ransomware
    Ha-Ha-Ha!
    Nelson Muntz

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  2. “FBI’s Advice on Ransomware? Just Pay The Ransom”
    [The Security Ledger]

    https://securityledger.com/2015/10/fbis-advice-on-cryptolocker-just-pay-the-ransom/

    “FBI sees ‘unbelievable’ uptick in ransomware attacks.” – CIO Dive.

    http://www.ciodive.com/news/fbi-sees-unbelievable-uptick-in-ransomware-attacks/418659/

    Surprised?

    DK Pruitt DDS

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