8,257,376 Patient Records Held Hostage in Virginia

Maximum PC Staff

On the 30th of last month, the secure site for the Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program was swiftly replaced with an all text ransom demand. The asking price? $10 million US.

The ransom message (which can be found here , in a cached form) read, “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.”

No word yet on what the Virginian authorities plan to do about this one, but given the nature of this crime we doubt we’ll hear anything about its resolution.

Image Credit: WikiLeaks

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