Ransomware is one of the nastiest forms of malware around: once it’s downloaded onto a computer network, it runs around encrypting all your files, before charging a Bitcoin ransom to give up the encryption key: bad if it’s your holiday photos at stake, disastrous for hospitals and patient data.

The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has been dealing with a ransomware infection for the last few days—and by dealing with, I mean consulting a team of probably-expensive security consultants, checking backups, and then concluding that paying the ransom was probably the easiest way out.

In total, the hospital paid 40 Bitcoins (around $17,000) to anonymous hackers to reclaim access to its files, a settlement CEO Allen Stefanek said was “the quickest and most efficient way to restore our systems and administrative functions”.

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He’s not wrong—even the FBI has admitted that paying up is normally the best way to resolve a ransomware situation. The sad fact is that encryption is strong, and so long as people are dumb enough to open weird email attachments, ransomware of some kind will remain a good option for hackers out to make a little money.

[Associated Press]