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Hard questions in wake of reputed health data theft in Virginia

Washington Post, May 13, 2009

Legislators had sharp questions for Virginia officials about how hackers stole millions of personal pharmaceutical records from a prescription drug database that was supposed to be secure. The pointed questions came at a House Appropriations Committee meeting almost two weeks after hackers claimed to have taken 8 million patient records and 35 million prescriptions collected by the Prescription Monitoring Program. Pat Paquette, technology director for the Virginia Department of Health Professions, defended the agency and its security measures.