Spokane Teeth Week was October 18-24, and many WSDA members pitched in to make the event a success, including Drs. Sue Weishaar, Nick Velis, Ashley Ulmer, Brad Shern, Randy Stephens, Lisa Ellingsen, Amir Ganji, Chris Herzog, Jonathan Judd, Joshua Johnson, and the EWU Dept. of Dental Hygiene! Many of those involved brought their staff in too — like Dr. Ulmer, pictured above.
The hackers who created Crypto Locker appear to be targeting dental practices. Apparently, as many as nine practices in Seattle have been infected in the last two days. The "Ransom Ware" is installed by clicking on a link or opening an attachment in an email. It then encrypts everything on the computer. It spreads by utilizing the way your practice management system communicates, and can infect every computer in the office. They then require a $500 per machine ransom be paid to un-encrypt everything.