PHI Stolen from Va. Govt. Site and Held for Ransom
A hacker replaced a Virginia government Web site last week with a ransom note claiming he’d stolen 8.3 million patients’ personal and prescription drug information and wants $10 million for its return.
The Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program’s secure site tracks drug abuse and contains 35.5 million prescriptions along with enrollees’ personal information such as names, social security numbers, and addresses. The hacker claims to have encrypted it with a password and deleted the commonwealth’s back-ups. The Web site has been temporarily disabled and there is speculation as to whether the commonwealth has a back-up of the data.