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Calif. Hospital Computer System Taken Hostage By Hackers

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cbsnews articleThe following is an excerpt from CARTER EVANS | February 17, 2016 | CBSNews.com |

LOS ANGELES -- The FBI is leading the investigation of a hostage situation at a California hospital -- but its not people being held, it's the computer system.

Inside Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital computer screens have been dark since hackers took over the data network almost two weeks ago.

Calls to the hospital's media line are met with a voicemail recording.

"We want to assure you that patient care at CHA Hollywood Presbyterian has not been compromised, as we continue to address this incident," the voice recording says.

The attack used what's known as "ransom-ware" -- malicious software that encrypts files which can only be unlocked with a software "key" after a ransom is paid.

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