Health care organizations should not pay a ransom in a ransomware attack because there is no guarantee that data access will be restored, according to a report released by the HHS' Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. The report, which notes that health care and government organizations have suffered at least eight SamSam cyberattacks so far this year, also says paying a ransom demand may encourage cyberattackers to continue the criminal activity and points out that some victims who pay are targeted again or asked to pay more ransom for a decryption key.
HCCIC's new SamSam ransomware guidance advises against paying ransom
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