Looks like the massive hack of Virginia's Prescription Drug Database is the result of an outsourcing deal to notorious Indian human trafficker, HCL (of "American tech grads are “unemployable” fame):


"Aneesh Chopra, President Obama's choice to serve a federal CIO, may face questions during his Senate confirmation hearing today about his use of outsourcers as head of technology in the state of Virginia.

Aneesh Chopra, appointed last month as the federal government's chief technology officer by President Barack Obama, may face questions at his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing today about his use of technology outsourcing in his previous post as Virginia's secretary of technology.

Chopra is slated to face questions from members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation during a confirmation hearing later today.

In 2007, Virginia signed an outsourcing contract for content management systems with HCL America Inc., ( download pdf) which is part of HCL Technologies Ltd. in Noida, India. The Virginia Information Technologies Agency does allow work to be performed at HCL facilities in India though individual agencies can add security requirements for offshore work, said Jerry Simonoff, director of IT investments and enterprise solutions for VITA.

Chopra was named to the Virginia post in 2005, just after the state government approved a 10-year, $2 billion agreement with Northrop Grumman Corp. to outsource the state's IT infrastructure, including its help desks and data centers. At the time, officials said the state's IT infrastructure was out-of-date and about half of its IT equipment was more than eight years old."

http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=58F0A02E-1A64-6A71-CE753895F2FC3B90



Now, some people can't get their meds, thanks to India, Inc.:


Some doctors are holding off prescribing painkillers after a hacker accessed more than 35.5 million of Virginia's most sensitive prescription drug records two months ago, a state official told a legislative panel Monday.

Lawmakers probing the state's computer services bureaucracy, the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, also learned that its former director was dismissed earlier this month after refusing to pay VITA's contracted partner, which had missed key deadlines.

Hearings Monday by the House Science and Technology Committee and a Senate Finance technology subcommittee focused on VITA and its $10-year, $2.4 billion contract with Northrop Grumman after years worth of state agencies' complaints over high costs and long service delays they have experienced from the partnership.

Lawmakers intensified their scrutiny of the six-year-old agency created to consolidate the state's diverse and far-flung computer systems after the Prescription Monitoring Program was hacked on April 30 and after the dismissal of former VITA chief Lemuel Stewart.

With the prescription database still offline two months after it was accessed because of FBI and state criminal investigations and work to upgrade the system, some doctors are reluctant to prescribe highly addictive painkillers such as Oxycodone, Vicodin, morphine and Valium, said Sandra Whitley Ryals, director of the Department of Health Professions.

"I do not have any indication, however, of how many that might be," she told the panel.

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/ap/20090630/tbs-us-technology-probe-1d79e03.html



Jesus Fuckin' Christ!!!

Where is a nice Paki terrorist when you need one? How come some Paki psycho doesn't kill this slumdog already?


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