Extortionist holds eight million health records for $10 million ransom

Posted on July 2, 2009 

Extortionist holds eight million health records for $10 million ransom

Sandra Whitley Ryals, Director of the Virginia Department of Health Professions (DHP) issued the following:

“A criminal investigation is currently underway regarding a potential security breach of the Virginia Department of Health Profession’s (DHP) Prescription Monitoring Program on Thursday, April 30. While DHP cannot comment directly on an ongoing investigation, we can assure the public that all precautions are being taken for DHP operations to continue safely and securely.”

“Since last week, when DHP recognized an unauthorized message was posted on the Prescription Monitoring Program website, we have been working very closely and cooperatively with federal and state law enforcement to resolve the situation. The entire DHP system has been shut down since Thursday to protect the security of the program data.”

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