A disturbing new trend is emerging: hackers holding health data for ransom.
A recent case involved the Surgeons of Lake County, a medical practice in Libertyville, Ill., where hackers were able to access electronic medical records and emails, Bloomberg reported, citing a privacy blog Dissent Doe.
The hackers encrypted the records and demanded the practice pay money for a password to access the files. The practice declined to pay, shut down the server and notified authorities. It was unclear from the report whether the practice was eventually able to access its EHR records, or if so, how.