From ADA News:
Ransomware, a rapidly growing form of cyber attack, is a type of malicious software that encrypts a user’s data and holds it for ransom. It can affect any computer device. Most ransomware infects systems through “spam, phishing messages, websites and email attachments,” according to the Office of Civil Rights.
The linked article gives a good overview f the ransomware issue. The primary things we need to do to protect ourselves is to create multiple off site back ups and to train the safe to recognize suspect e-mails. There is also a link to a new OCR fact sheet in ransomware and HIPAA.