“I have your [expletive] 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.”
The hacked Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program site is used by pharmacists to track prescription drug abuse. Sandra Whitley Ryals, director of Virginia’s Department of Health Professions, said a criminal investigation is underway.
They better find that hacker. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 signed into law in February included $19 billion for computerized medical records.
Via Brian Krebs at Security Fix, where the first commenter said:
The threat presented by hacking is the principal reason I’m against electronic medical records. The risk is just too big. Here’s one case where I think low tech is safer.