Data has been encrypted on more than 10,000 at a Hong Kong hospital.
The data, including details on patients and various research projects, were hit after a flaw was exploited network attached storage maker Synology’s software.
The South China Morning Post reported that the Centre for Liver Health and Institute of Digestive Disease at the Prince of Wales Hospital had been hit by blackmailers who are demanding 0.6 Bitcoin to decrypt the scrambled files. Hong Police said the extortionists used the SynoLocker ransomware to encrypt the files on two servers.
A spokeswoman for the faculty said that while staff could no longer access the patient data as well as some research and teaching materials, it did not appear that information had been stolen.