The Surgeons of Lake County, a group practice in Libertyville, Ill., recently announced a breach of protected information following an extortion attempt.

The practice discovered on June 25 that a hacker had taken control of a server hosting corporate email and electronic health records. A message on the server said its contents had been encrypted and demanded an undisclosed financial payment from the practice for a password to turn off the encryption. The practice turned off the server and it was not been turn back on, and notified authorities.

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