By Bill Sizemore
May 12, 2009
The Virginia Department of Health Professions is slowly restoring its
computer functions in the wake of a hacker attack but still can't say
whether the hacker got access to millions of Virginians' prescription
A criminal investigation of the April 30 cyberattack on the state
Prescription Monitoring Program is still under way, department
spokeswoman Kathy Siddall said Monday.
In an unauthorized message on the department's Web site, the hacker
claimed to have gained access to more than 35 million prescription
records in a database designed to deter prescription drug abuse and
demanded a $10 million ransom, according to the open-government Web site
Wikileaks. The investigation has not yet confirmed whether the hacker's
claim is true, Siddall said.
The department's entire computer operation was shut down as a result of
the breach. E-mail has now been restored, but most other functions are
still offline, Siddall said.
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