The UnitedHealth group has paid a ransom to cybercriminals to protect sensitive data stolen during the Optum ransomware attack in late February.

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated is an American multinational health insurance and services company based in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

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“A ransom was paid as part of the company’s commitment to do all it could to protect patient data from disclosure” – UnitedHealth Group said in a statement to Bleepingcomputer.

Reports suggest that multiple threat groups were involved. One group allegedly received a $22 million ransom, while a second group threatened to leak stolen data unless a new ransom was paid.

This week, UnitedHealth confirmed the payment but didn’t specify the amount.

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