City hospital system down, officials fear 'WannaCry' attack

Postado Mai 19, 2017

Odisha government today chose 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.

Similarly, the virus has paralysed two computers at Berhampur City hospital. He confirmed that the Brahmapur City Hospital's information management system hack is the first cyber attack case in the State.

A case has been registered on the basis of the ADMOs report under various sections of the IT Act and IPC at Berhampur Town police station, said Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Berhampur, Shantanu Das.

The decision was taken at a meeting held under the Chairmanship of Minister for Information Technology Chandra Sarathi Behera here today.

He said the IT department had already issued an advisory and asked all government departments as well as district collectors to remain alert. "Adequate steps are being taken to protect the government data system in computers", said electronics and IT secretary Ashok Meena.

"A joint team of IIIT, NIC and OCAC will visit the Brahmapur City Hospital soon to probe the case", he added. The officials came to know about the virus two days after the attack. On Wednesday, a similar "ransomware" attack was also reported from the Purushottampur Community Health Centre. "We found something wrong in the hospital's data system". "The experts will submit their report to the department", the ADMO said. According to the FIR, the hackers had demanded 300 dollars for recovery of data. It appears to be a WannaCry cyber attack. The information management system was also affected due to the attack, hospital officials said.

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