A ransomware gang has posted photos of Lehigh Valley Health Network cancer patients on the dark web after the health network refused to pay a ransom last month following a cyberattack.
“This unconscionable criminal act takes advantage of patients receiving cancer treatment, and LVHN condemns this despicable behavior,” the network said in a prepared statement.
ALPHV, also known as BlackCat, is associated with Russia and known for similar cyberattacks in academia and healthcare sectors. The group posted a message Saturday night saying it had stolen patient data including nude photos, passports, and questionnaires, and was ready to publish it.
LVHN released a statement last month on the ransomware attack, saying it involved information and patient images for radiation oncology treatment from a single physician practice in Lackawanna County.
LVHN found unauthorized activity on its IT system Feb. 6, and notified law enforcement, LVHN President and CEO Brian A. Nester said Feb. 20.
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