How a healthcare hacker is pressuring victims to pay up

Pay up or face your patients’ wrath.

That’s how one hacker is trying to shake down U.S. healthcare providers after stealing sensitive data about their patients.

TheDarkOverlord claims to have stolen 10 million patient records and is selling them on the black market. In the meantime, the hacker is trying to extort the providers by telling them their patient data won’t be sold if they pay a ransom.

At least one of the healthcare providers so far has refused to give in, TheDarkOverlord said in an interview Friday. To apply pressure, the hacker claims to have called some of its patients to warn them their records will be leaked if the provider doesn’t pay up.

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How a healthcare hacker is pressuring victims to pay up