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Kansas Heart Hospital hit with ransomware, paid, but attackers demanded 2nd ransom

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    Kansas Heart Hospital in Witchita was hit with ransomware last week. The ransomware attack occurred on Wednesday and the KWCH 12 news video from Friday night said some files were still inaccessible by the hospital.

    Hospital president Dr. Greg Duick refused to disclose the ransom amount and the ransomware variant; he said, “I'm not at liberty because it's an ongoing investigation, to say the actual exact amount. A small amount was made.”

    Yes, the hospital paid the ransom. No, the hackers didn’t decrypt the files – at least it was described as not returning “full access to the files.” Instead, the attackers asked for another ransom. This time the hospital refused to pay because it was no longer “a wise maneuver or strategy.”

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