UnitedHealth Pays $22M Ransom After Major Cyberattack Disrupts Healthcare

May 2, 2024
UnitedHealth Pays $22M Ransom After Major Cyberattack Disrupts Healthcare
  • UnitedHealth Group CEO Andrew Witty confirmed a $22 million ransom payment to hackers following a breach of Change Healthcare.

  • The breach, involving stolen credentials and lack of multifactor authentication, compromised vast amounts of PII and PHI.

  • Attributed to the BlackCat gang, the cyberattack disrupted pharmacies and caused a system shutdown, impacting healthcare payments.

  • The incident, marked as the largest in the healthcare sector, has led to subsequent copycat attacks and wider supply chain disruptions.

  • Many healthcare providers still face delayed payments, with widespread cash flow issues reported by U.S. hospitals.

  • The Department of Health and Human Services is investigating UnitedHealth's compliance with federal patient data protection laws.

  • In response to the breach, the US government has offered a $10 million reward for information on the BlackCat gang.

  • UnitedHealth has initiated a funding assistance program for affected providers and is collaborating on breach assessments and future protections.

  • Congressional hearings are underway with growing calls for cybersecurity legislation specific to the healthcare industry.

Summary based on 19 sources

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