CALGARY—The virtual currency Bitcoin has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital was forced to pay a ransom to hackers who hijacked their patient files. The $17,000 U.S. was demanded in Bitcoin, because it is essentially untraceable. A Calgary wine merchant was forced to send his IT guy out, just before Christmas, to buy $500 U.S. worth of Bitcoin to free his customer files from ransom ware.
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