(update) Hacker remains at large year after cyberattack on Va. data

A year after a computer hacker breached Virginia’s statewide prescription drug database, investigators still don’t know who did it.

Computer functions at the state Department of Health Professions, which runs the program, were disabled for weeks as a result of the April 30, 2009, cyberattack. The hacker claimed to have stolen more than 35 million prescription records and demanded a $10 million ransom.

A criminal investigation by the FBI and State Police remains open, but the perpetrator has not been identified, Diane Powers, a department spokeswoman, said Thursday. There is no evidence of identity theft or other misuse of patient records, she added.

Read more in the Virginian-Pilot.

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