A call for help to various levels of government from CEOs at five Southwestern Ontario hospitals impacted by a ransomware attack.
The cyberattack began back on October 23, impacting services at Windsor Regional Hospital, Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Erie Shores Healthcare in Leamington, Bluewater Health in Sarnia, and Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.
Windsor Regional Hospital President and CEO David Musyj says they were dealing with a different type of criminal, and the last thing you want to do is poke the bear.
Concerns shared with the CEO's by experts in situations like these is why they decided against paying the ransom, but Musyj says they're looking for action.
"What we do hope is for governments to mandate that no ransom payment position. This was recently endorsed by Canada, and 49 other countries, as part of the International Counter Ransomware Initiative. Paying ransom only perpetuates this issue from reoccurring to others, and feeds this monster."
Musyj says they did take a serious look at the issue of the ransom payment, but there were a number of reasons why they opted against it.