Wyly Wade

Hackers break into and take down Hospital VOIP system.


For nearly two days in March, ambulances and patients’ families calling the San Diego hospital heard nothing but busy signals. A hospital in San Diego became victim of a new kind of extortionist, one that took over the hospitals VOIP network shutting down the entire phone system of the hospital. No inbound or outbound calls, no emergency communications. A new kind of cyberwarefare.

Unclassified law enforcement documents posted online have vaguely identified some victims: a nursing home in Marquette, Wis., last November, a public safety agency and a manufacturer in Massachusetts in early 2013, a Louisiana emergency operations center in March, a Massachusetts medical center in April and a Boston hospital in May.


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