UnitedHealth Paid Ransom to Cyberhackers After Patients’ Personal Data Was Compromised

UnitedHealth Group has paid an undisclosed ransom to hackers in an attempt to retain patient data that may have been compromised.

The attack, which happened in February, affected patients of Change Healthcare, a division of United’s Optum.

“This attack was conducted by malicious threat actors, and we continue to work with law enforcement and multiple leading cyber security firms during our investigation,” a UnitedHealth rep told CNBC. “A ransom was paid as part of the company’s commitment to do all it could to protect patient data from disclosure.”

Related: A Cyberattack on the Largest Health Insurer in the U.S. Could Put Your Prescriptions and Personal Data at Risk

UnitedHealth revealed that the

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