Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program - 2009

The FBI and Virginia State Police are searching for hackers who demanded that the state pay them a $10 million ransom for the return of millions of personal pharmaceutical records they say they stole from the state's prescription drug database. A notice posted on the DHP Web site acknowledged that the site is currently experiencing technical difficulties which affect computer and e-mail systems. Some customer identification numbers, which may be Social Security numbers, were included, but medical histories were not. UPDATE (6/4/09): The state is mailing individual notifications to 530,000 people whose prescription records may have contained Social Security numbers. In addition, 1,400 registered users of the database, mostly doctors and pharmacists, who may have provided Social Security numbers when they registered for the program, are being notified. The database that was hacked contained records of more than 35 million prescriptions dispensed since 2006 for certain federally controlled drugs with a high potential for abuse.