Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Hackers hold 8m Virginia patient records to $10m ransom

What an exciting business opportunity awaits UK hackers as the NHS sets up a similar system (thanks, Dave!):
This is the second major extortion attack related to the theft of health care data in the past year. In October 2008, Express Scripts, one of the nation's largest processors of pharmacy prescriptions, disclosed that extortionists were threatening to disclose personal and medical information on millions of Americans if the company failed to meet payment demands. Express Scripts is currently offering a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for trying to extort money from the company.

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