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UnitedHealth reveals hackers may have stolen data on a sizeable number of Americans

UnitedHealth Group said Monday "a substantial proportion" of Americans may have had their personal data compromised in a February cyberattack and is offering them free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.

The Minnetonka-based health care giant also disclosed for the first time that it paid a ransom to the hacker in hopes of protecting patient data from disclosure. UnitedHealth did not specify the size of the ransom, but a report in Wired magazine last month suggested it may have been about $22 million.

Anyone worried that their personal and health information might have been compromised will be eligible for the credit and identity theft protections for two years.


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