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Hacker steals medical data and demands ransom

attackThere has been an attack on Virginia state Web  site that is used to used to track prescription drug abuse. The hacker wanted $10 million to give the ctolen data back. 

The site reportedly been attacked late last week and it site was not accessible late on Monday. This is first time that medical records of a patient had been stolen  and been held for a ransom.

We are now witnessing new way of demanding ransom, I get the feeling not everything should be online.

This was the statement issued by the attacker:

“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.”

It was reported to the The Washington Postby Sandra Whitley Ryals, director of Virginia’s Department of Health Professions that a criminal investigation is in the progress.