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Department Of Health Investigating UnitedHealth After ‘Unprecedented’ Cyber Attack

March 14, 2024
Contributed by: Drex DeFord
The UnitedHealth Group and its subsidiary, Change Healthcare, are under federal investigation following a major cyber attack last month, potentially compromising patient data. The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights is examining whether health privacy laws were violated in the breach, which is considered a significant threat to the U.S. healthcare system. The attack, which has led to at least six class-action lawsuits, involved the hacker group Blackcat claiming they accessed extensive sensitive data. UnitedHealth has pledged to cooperate with the investigation and focus on system restoration and data protection. The incident underscores ongoing vulnerabilities in healthcare cybersecurity and raises questions about compliance with HIPAA regulations.
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