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Government hospital in Odisha becomes first casualty of Wannacry Cyberattack

Government hospital in Odisha becomes first casualty of Wannacry Cyberattack

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

The Brahmapur SDPO has launched a probe into the City Hospital ransomware attack case after Ganjam ADMO Saroj Kumar Mishra lodged a complaint with the Brahmapur Town police.

Berhampur City Hospital's information management system hack is 1st #ransomware cyber-attack case in #Odisha, confirms IT Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera.

The minister, who held a review meeting in Bhubaneswar after the cyber attack, said a joint team of IIIT, NIC and OCAC would also visit Berhampur City Hospital soon. On Wednesday, a similar "ransomware" attack was also reported from the Purushottampur Community Health Centre. The data in the computers of the coordinators of e-Aushadhi portal and Hospital Information Management System (HMIS) have been encrypted. According to the FIR, the hackers had demanded 300 dollars for recovery of data. The officials came to know about the virus two days after the attack.

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. Mr Behera said a second team consisting of the experts would examine the system which has been affected with the virus since Monday last and action will be taken only after it was confirmed that the system was affected by the WannaCry virus.

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

The hospital's chief information officer Niranjan K Ramakrishnan told TOI that the situation was quickly controlled as the infected systems were isolated from the networks hosting the hospital and lab information systems.