GP clinic hacked by cyber criminals

A Queensland medical centre hacked by cyber criminals is open for business, but is still considering paying $4,000 to the hackers to decrypt thousands of medical records.

GPs at the Miami Family Medical Centre on the Gold Coast discovered their server had been hacked when they arrived for work last Saturday, with all 15,000 patient records encrypted and inaccessible.

Staff had to revert to using old fashioned appointment books and hand written notes to ensure patient care was not disrupted.

The practice's computer system is now back up and running, and IT experts are