May 012009

Tammie Smith of The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Virginia Department of Health Professions servers containing licensing information on all licensed health professionals may have been hacked. All 36 computer servers were shut down “after a midday message popped up on some computer screens that implied the system was being hacked.” The department is investigating and also trying to determine if the servers were hacked, and if so, if any licensees’ information such as Social Security numbers was compromised. The state has about 300,000 licensees.

Updated May 4:
See report of extortion demand.

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