A group of hackers from Turkey claim they were responsible for hacking a hospital in Los Angeles and promise to continue such attacks if the U.S. government continues to support Kurdish rebels, but these claims are impossible to verify without proof.
Earlier this month, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center confirmed it had paid hackers $17,000 worth of bitcoin to release its computer systems, which hackers had locked down with ransomware — a piece of malware — for over a week. In the wake of that attack, a message claiming to be from the hackers responsible was posted on text-sharing site Pastebin. The message, titled “We owned Hollywood hospital,” reads:
“So thanks to feebleness of weak-wiled Americans We became richer and earned $17k! If you read this message you must understand that Turkey is the great cyber-power whose might you have witnessed! If Washington keeps on supporting Kurdish terrorists Turkish hackers will become richer!”
The Obama administration has been supporting Syrian Kurdish rebels, and earlier this month Turkey’s prime minister chastised the White House, saying Washington’s inability to grasp the rebels’ true nature had turned the region into a “sea of blood.”