UnitedHealth Pays $22M Ransom After Major Data Breach by BlackCat Group

April 24, 2024
UnitedHealth Pays $22M Ransom After Major Data Breach by BlackCat Group
  • UnitedHealth Group's subsidiary, Change Healthcare, was hit by a ransomware attack by BlackCat, leading to the theft of significant private health care data.

  • A $22 million ransom was paid to BlackCat to protect customer data, indicating the severity of the data breach.

  • The breach's full impact is still under assessment, but files with protected health information and personally identifiable information were compromised.

  • UnitedHealth has not yet notified impacted customers, but hackers have released 22 screenshots of stolen files on the dark web.

  • Recovery efforts show progress, with most pharmacy claim processing and payment capacities nearing full restoration.

  • UnitedHealth Group is implementing support measures, including two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for those affected.

  • The incident has sparked calls for stronger data protection and has garnered attention from lawmakers, with CEO Andrew Witty set to testify before Congress.

  • Despite the breach, UnitedHealth Group reported better-than-expected revenue for the quarter, though its stock price dipped following the news.

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