Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center is aware of this bitcoin conversion because that is what they said they paid to hackers to get the encryption key to unlock their data. The linked article provides more details, but to prevent this from happening to you personally or to your organization, do two things:
- Educate employees/family members about the phishing emails that download the ransomware/cryptolocker on the network.
- Maintain offline backups of all essential computer files.
No person or business should ever have to pay ransom to get their files back. All cases like this do is encourage the hackers and more attempts to victimize us.