Suspected WannaCry affects Odisha hospital's data system

Suspected WannaCry affects Odisha hospital's data system

Suspected WannaCry affects Odisha hospital's data system

After the first of its kind ransomware cyber attack in the State was detected at the Brahmapur City Hospital's information management system on Monday, a similar attack was also reported on Wednesday at the Purusottampur Community Health Centre (CHC) near the city. The data in the computers of the coordinators of e-Aushadhi portal and Hospital Information Management System (HMIS) have been encrypted.

A team of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) reached Berhampur City Hospital in the morning to enquire into the "ransomware" attack.

Hospital authorities have lodged a police complaint at the Town police Station.

State's IT minister Chandra Sarathi Behera told reporters in Bhubaneswar that a technical team was sent to the Berhampur City Hospital. A day after state Crime Branch issued an advisory to prevent spread of WannaCry, the state electronics and information technology department on Tuesday asked secretaries of all departments and district collectors to remain alert. The advisory included guidelines for taking precautionary measures, he said. According to the FIR, the hackers had demanded 300 dollars for recovery of data.

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Special Director General of Police, Crime Branch, B. K. Sharma tweeted that a three-member team has been formed to investigate the case.

Meanwhile, the State IT Department has released an advisory to avoid any possible cyber attack in the State in future. The information management system was also affected due to the attack, hospital officials said.

Speaking about the world wide web cyber attacks, TOI reports that Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital too had suffered a similar breach in March a year ago.

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