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Cyber Attacks On Hospitals, A New Kind Of Deadly Virus

The consequences can be catastrophic when cyber criminals blackmail hospitals. Experts are warning hospitals that they're not doing enough to protect their patients' data.

Cyber Attacks On Hospitals, A New Kind Of Deadly Virus
Florian Flade, Kristian Frigelj and Ileana Grabitz

BERLIN — Most of the patients of the Lukas Hospital were unaware that their hospital had fallen victim to a dangerous cyber attack. The hospital, located in the western German city of Neuss, had to deal with an unprecedented and unexpected catastrophe after hackers managed to smuggle a Trojan into the hospital database via an email.

The malware threatened to encrypt all data, which forced the hospital to turn off every single server and computer in its system. The hospital received a clear message from the still-unknown attackers: You will only be given the code to decipher the encryption if you pay a ransom. A real hostage situation — albeit a digital one.

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads his book

J. D. Torres Duarte

BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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