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Wannacry Ransomware Hits West Bengal Power Company Computers; Four Customer Care Units Affected


The notorious WannaCry Ransomware has attacked the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (WBSEDCL) as operations at four of its customer care units were affected after the attack. The real face of the situation will be revealed today but union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that the impact is mild in India.

WannaCry Ransomware is wreaking havoc across the world and now the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company has come under its attack, Indian Express reported. Around 10 computers at four customer care units of WBSEDCL in West Midnapore were rendered nonoperational on Monday by the virus WannaCry. It had begun with attacks in Datan, Belda and Narayangarh blocks of West Midnapore but later also captured Balurghat and Chaitanyapur.

The state power minister Sovandeb Chattapadhay confirmed the attacks and assured the media that all measures were being taken to keep the entire network safe. According to Money Control, the minister said that the actual intensity of the attacks would be realized by Tuesday and the situation could turn serious if the data cannot be retrieved from the central server.

Later, Rajesh Pandey, MD and chairman at WBSEDCL said that WannaCry could not affect the commercial operations as the computers that came under its attack were only used to check mail and download files. Notably, the attack came to light when employees began work and switched on the computers. As soon as the computers were on, a message popped on the screen asking for a ransom of $300 in exchange for unlocking the system.

The ransom was demanded in virtual currency and the Bitcoin gateway was to be the mode of payment. At first, the staff thought that it was some kind of local attack. However, later, it came to the light that the attack was the result of Ransomware WannaCry.

It is worth mentioning here that WannaCry is a type of ransomware virus that blocks access of the user to their computer and the blockage is lifted only when a specified sum is paid as ransom.


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