Some Eastern European hackers were appalled to learn that American hospitals had become a target for online criminals, according to research by a New York computer security firm.
A wave of attacks known as ransomware began targeting hospitals earlier this year. Hackers infect computer networks with software that encrypts data, making it unavailable to the users, and demand a ransom payment to unlock it.
In March, Columbia-based MedStar Health fell victim disrupting operations at its 10 hospitals for a week.
"From the bottom of my heart I sincerely wish that the mothers of all ransomware distributors end up in the hospital, and that the computer responsible for the resuscitation machine gets infected," one user of an online crime discussion forum wrote.