Express Scripts clients threatened with extortion

Unable to collect money from data breach victim, criminals threaten clients whose members may have been affected.

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One week after a breached corporate health care company refused to pay extortionists, the criminals now are seeking money from the corporate clients whose employee data might have been exposed.

St. Louis-based Express Scripts said on Tuesday that a limited number of its clients--which include government agencies, unions, and employers--have received letters threatening to expose the personal information of its members. The company said the letters sent to its clients were similar to the original extortion threat it received in October.

The company also said it was establishing a reward totaling $1 million to anyone providing information that results in the arrest and conviction of the criminals responsible.

"We are cooperating fully with the FBI to assist them in their investigation and doing what we can to protect our members," said George Paz, CEO and chairman of Express Scripts, in a statement on the company's site.

In a separate announcement, Express Scripts announced that Knoll, a New York-based risk-consulting firm, has been contracted to offer expert assistance to members who become victims of identity fraud as a result of this incident.