Canadian Hospital Serves Ransomware Via Hacked Website

Since January of this year, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has detected over ten thousand instances of ransomware affecting Canadians…

BY Jérôme Segura

Ransomware attacks have made a lot of headlines in the past year with several high-profile cases, including that of the Hospital in Los Angeles which had its data encrypted and ended up paying the ransom to get it back. Recently, the Ottawa hospital in Canada was also hit but able to contain a ransomware attack.

We discovered the website of another Canadian hospital had been compromised to actually spread ransomware to its visitors: staff, patients and families being the most likely to have visited the site. Norfolk General Hospital, based in Ontario, became a teaching facility for McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences in 2009.

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