Monday, May 11, 2009

Hackers into Virginia database demand $10M million ransom

TEL AVIV (MarketWatch) -- Hackers claimed to have stolen personal records from the state's prescription-drug database and are demanding a $10 million ransom, media reports say.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the state police are searching for the hackers, the Washington Post reported.
The hackers said they'd accessed 8 million patient records and 35 million prescriptions collected by the state's Prescription Monitoring Program. A state official told the paper that the data had been backed up and the files had been secured. State officials had learned on April 30 that the breach had occurred, the paper said, quoting the Website The ransom deadline passed on Thursday, the paper reported.

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