[ISN] State drug database regaining functions after cyberattack

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 00:27:51 -0500 (CDT)

By Bill Sizemore
The Virginian-Pilot
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 
drug records.

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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