The FBI and Virginia State Police are searching for hackers who demanded that the state pay them a $10 million ransom by Thursday for the return of millions of personal pharmaceutical records they say they stole from the state’s prescription drug database.
The hackers claim to have accessed 8 million patient records and 35 million prescriptions collected by the Prescription Monitoring Program.
“This was an intentional criminal act against the commonwealth by somebody who was trying to harm others,” Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) said. “There are breaches that happen by accident or glitches that you try to work out. It’s difficult to foil every criminal that may want to do something against you.”
Although the hackers had threatened to sell the data if they did not receive payment by Thursday, the deadline passed with no immediate sign that they followed through.