RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – A hacker is demanding a $10 million ransom after claiming to have stolen patient information from a prescription drug database maintained by the state of Virginia.
A message has been posted on the Prescription Monitoring Program site in which the hacker claims to have deleted files and copied millions of prescription records. The database is used by doctors and pharmacists to trace people with multiple prescriptions who may be drug abusers. The FBI is investigating the case.
The database has been shut down for the time being, and the website containing the message has been taken offline. There’s no guarantee this is the original, of course, but WikiLeaks links to a version which reads:
I have your s**t! 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. You have 7 days to decide. If by the end of 7 days, you decide not to pony up, I’ll go ahead and put this baby out on the market and accept the highest bid. Now I don’t know what all this s**t is worth or who would pay for it, but I’m bettin’ someone will. Hell, if I can’t move the prescription data at the very least I can find a buyer for the personal data (name,age,address,social security #, driver’s license #).
Now I hear tell the F***ing Bunch of Idiots ain’t fond of payin out, but I suggest that policy be turned right the f**k around. When you boys get your act together, drop me a line at email@example.com and we can discuss the details such as account number, etc.
Until then, have a wonderful day, I know I will 😉
Officials have denied the hacker’s claim that there is no backup.
Naturally, TG Daily tried sending a message to the email address provided. We’ll let you know if we get a reply.