By Tim Wilson
June 03, 2009
Virginia officials are notifying more than a half-million residents that
their Social Security numbers may have been contained in a prescription
drug database that was targeted by a computer hacker April 30.
According to a news report, a criminal investigation has not yet
determined what, if any, personal information was put at risk in the
incident, according to Sandra Whitley Ryals, director of the Virginia
Department of Health Professions.
Nevertheless, the state is mailing individual notifications to 530,000
people whose prescription records may have contained Social Security
numbers, Ryals said.
The hacker gained access to the Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program
computer system, which is designed to deter prescription drug abuse, and
demanded a $10 million ransom. The hacker has not been found.
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