Three recent breaches of protected health information demonstrate the continued proliferation and range of such incidents.

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center continues to grapple with a cyber attack that was discovered on February 12 and shut down its information network, including email. The local Fox News television affiliate reports that the attack includes a ransom demand of about 9,000 bitcoins, or $3.6 million, for restoration of the systems. In a phone interview with the station, the hospital's CEO Allen Stefanek described it as a random attack and not malicious. The hospital, which Fox reports is relying on fax machines and telephones to get work done, did not respond to repeated requests for additional information on the incident.

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