Change Healthcare faces second ransom as cybercriminals leak stolen data – HealthExec

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Despite Change Healthcare paying a $22 million ransom, sensitive patient records are being leaked onto the dark web, according to journalists at TechChrunch, who said they’ve seen the data.

The ransomware attack, which impacted Change Healthcare and parent company UnitedHealth Group, caused a nationwide pharmacy outage. Reuters was the first to report the details, with hacker group Blackcat taking credit for the attack via a dark web posting.

Now, despite Change Healthcare paying the ransom for their files to be deleted by hackers, another cybercriminal group called RansomHub has begun leaking files online, demanding a payment of their own. The affiliation between Blackcat and RansomHub is unknown, but the latter is claiming on the dark web to be the actual culprit behind the breach. 

UnitedHealth Group said in a statement to journalists that it is working with law enforcement to investigate the claims made by the groups and to verify the legitimacy of the data posted on the dark web. However, they have no evidence of multiple cyberattacks on any of their databases related to these two demands for ransom in as many months.

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