530,000 Virginia patients individually warned of SSN hack

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Officials working for the State of Virginia have announced that they are sending breach notifications to over half a million patients whose Social Security Numbers (SSNs) may have been compromised.

The warnings, which are being sent to 530,000 people whose prescription records may have included the sensitive information, come in the wake of a hacker gaining access to the Prescription Monitoring Program computer system, where they planted a rather fruity message demanding a $10 million ransom.

As yet, the hacker has not been identified.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.