Peachtree Orthopedics facing extortion threat in wake of patient data breach


Atlanta-based Peachtree Orthopedics faced a data breach on April 20 that impacted patient information, including names, addresses, birth dates, driver's license numbers, Social Security numbers, medical treatment/diagnosis information, treatment costs, financial account information and health insurance claims/provider information.

Now, the Karakurt threat group, a data extortion group that steals data and threatens to sell or auction it off, has demanded a ransom from Peachtree, according to a June 8 report from the HIPAA Journal. 

The group has added Peachtree Orthopedics to its data leak site and claims to have 194 gigabytes of data, including personal information and medical records, that it will publish if a ransom is not paid. 

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