Ransomware gang gives hospital 2 days to pay $900K

A ransomware gang said it is giving a Chicago safety-net hospital two days to pay a nearly $900,000 ransom or else it will leak its patients' data, The Record reported Jan. 31.

The LockBit hacker group took responsibility for the December cyberattack on Saint Anthony Hospital, posting the incident to its data leak site on Jan. 30, according to the story.

Hospital executives "are dedicated to using our resources to care for our community's most vulnerable and not to rewarding the illegal actions of bad actors," CIO Jeff Eilers told the news outlet. Saint Anthony's "prompt action and response to this event allowed us to continue providing patient care without disruption."

LockBit has been busy hacking hospitals. The group reportedly posted in January that it only stole data from a New Jersey health system — but didn't encrypt it — "so as not to interfere with patient care." The gang was said to have valued the data in that breach at $250,000.

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