Marin Healthcare gets hit with a ransomware attack

Another California healthcare organization has become a victim of cybercrime.

The organization—Marin Healthcare District—says that on July 26 one of its key vendors, Marin Medical Practices Concepts Inc., experienced a ransomware infection.

Ransomware is a type of malware that severely restricts access to a computer, device or file until a ransom is paid by the user. This class of malware is a criminal moneymaking scheme that can be installed through deceptive links in an e-mail message, instant message or website and can lock a computer screen or encrypt files with a password, says Kaspersky Lab, a developer of anti-virus software and related applications. The criminals typically then demand money in exchange for releasing the password so the hacked organization can access its files.

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