Odisha Crime Branch to probe cyber attack

Ransomware

Odisha Crime Branch to probe cyber attack

Berhampur: Berhampur City hospital's information management system attacked by Wanna Cry ransomware virus.

The computer system was displaying a message demanding United States dollars 300 for restoration and access to the hospital s information management system, the ADMO said.

Meanwhile, the State Government geared up to tackle the situation, Information Technology (IT) Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera held a review meeting at the State Secretariat on the ransomware cyber-attack which was attended by National Informatics Centre (NIC) representatives and OCAC, IIIT and senior State Government officials. After the meeting the Minister said the team would comprise experts from IIIT, NIC and OCAC. On Wednesday, a similar "ransomware" attack was also reported from the Purushottampur Community Health Centre. The government has issued a number of advisory advising people and government officials what to do and how to prevent their system from being attacked by the WannaCry virus. "The experts will submit their report to the department", the ADMO said.

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A 3-member team of Cyber Crime Police Station of CID Crime Branch led by inspector Anil Anand reached Berhampur to initiate investigation.

Notably, a huge extortion cyber-attack had hit dozens of nations on Saturday, holding computer data for ransomware at hospitals, telecommunications firms and other companies.

The recent virus attack has encrypted data related to e-Aushadhi portal and Hospital Information Management System, which was stored in these two computers. Three of their systems were infected with a malware called Cryptowall that encrypted all data on them, and asked for two bitcoins (which was worth around $825 at the time) to decrypt it and unlock the systems.

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