Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Ransomware attack on 2 Odisha hospitals

Ransomware attack on 2 Odisha hospitals

Berhampur: Berhampur City hospital's information management system attacked by Wanna Cry ransomware virus. One of virus affected computers was being used for e-medicine while the other was part of the hospital management information system.

The computer system was displaying a message demanding Dollars 300 for restoration and access to the hospital s information management system, the ADMO said. ADMO lodges complaint with Berhampur Town police.

Meanwhile, the Information and Technology Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera informed a technical team has been sent to probe into this case.

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The IT Department released the advisory issued by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) and asked all Collectors and Departments to follow the suggestions to stay protected against such attacks. We are in touch with the experts of national informatics centre. "Adequate steps are being taken to protect the government data system in computers", said electronics and IT secretary Ashok Meena. The officials came to know about the virus two days after the attack.

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

The important data in the hospital's e-mail were also hacked, sources said. It appears to be a WannaCry cyber attack.

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Recently similar cases of cyber attacks have been reported at United Kingdom where Hospitals across Britain cancelled appointments and turned away patients after a large-scale cyber attack by a suspected "ransomware" crippled major IT systems at the health facilities.

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.

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