Online patient record and prescription data held ransom

The Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), which holds over eight million patient records on it’s secure site has been breeched and is being held for a $10 million ransom.

According to Wikileaks the Virginia Presciption site has been under ransom notice since April 30, 2009.

The ransom message states, “I have your shit! In *my* possession, right now, are 8,257,378 patient records and a total of 35,548,087 prescriptions. Also, I made an encrypted backup and deleted the original. Unfortunately for Virginia, their backups seem to have gone missing, too. Uhoh :(For $10 million, I will gladly send along the password.”

According to Wikileaks, the PMP declined to comment and instantly referred inquiries to the director of the DHP, who is presently unavailable.

The issue was reported in the US Department of Homeland Security Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report today.


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