Odisha hospital's management system attacked by Wanna Cry ransomware virus

Faith Castro
May 19, 2017

Odisha government today made a decision to send an expert team to Berhampur soon to examine the Berhampur City Hospital's information management system after it was allegedly attacked by the WannaCry ransomware virus and affected the e-medicine services. ADMO lodges complaint with Berhampur Town police.

Odisha Information Technology Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera on Wednesday held a review meeting at the State Secretariat in Bhubaneswar. After the meeting the Minister said the team would comprise experts from IIIT, NIC and OCAC.

Sharma further informed that the team would take up the investigations from the Brahmapur Town police, which had initially registered the case after the attack on Monday.

The team will also visit Purusottampur community health centre in the district, where ransomware attack was reported yesterday in three computers. "We have sought a report from the concerned medical officer,"said a senior medical officer".

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The hospital's e-medicine services and data were affected. "The experts will submit their report to the department", the ADMO said. All data in computers of Purusottampur CHC have been encrypted and 300 dollars have been demanded to decrypt the same.

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 information management system was also affected due to the attack, hospital officials said.

Over two lakh computers in at least 150 countries are said to have been infected, according to Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency.

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