Security News BlackCat ransomware turns off servers amid claim they stole $22 million ransom

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The ALPHV/BlackCat ransomware gang has shut down its servers amid claims that they scammed the affiliate responsible for the attack on Optum, the operator of the Change Healthcare platform, of $22 million.

While BlackCat's data leak blog has been down since Friday, BleepingComputer had confirmed that negotiation sites were still active over the weekend.

Today, BleepingComputer confirmed the ransomware operations negotiation sites are now shut down as well, indicating a further deliberate take down of the ransomware gang's infrastructure.

A short status in Russian on the messaging platform the ransomware threat actor uses for communication reads that they decided to turn everything off.

It is unclear if this is an exit scam or an attempt to rebrand the operation under a different name.

Change Healthcare is a payment exchange platform that connects doctors, pharmacies, healthcare providers, and patients in the U.S. healthcare system.
 

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There are indications that U.S. healthcare giant Change Healthcare has made a $22 million extortion payment to the infamous BlackCat ransomware group (a.k.a. “ALPHV“) as the company struggles to bring services back online amid a cyberattack that has disrupted prescription drug services nationwide for weeks. However, the cybercriminal who claims to have given BlackCat access to Change’s network says the crime gang cheated them out of their share of the ransom, and that they still have the sensitive data Change reportedly paid the group to destroy. Meanwhile, the affiliate’s disclosure appears to have prompted BlackCat to cease operations entirely.
 
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