Ransomware: Hackers Also Inflict Damage to AP Police Computers
Amaravati: As part of global cyber-attacks, a section of computers of Andhra Pradesh police department was also affected, authorities claimed.
Computers in Chittoor, Krishna, Guntur, Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts were affected. As the attacks were detected only in 18 police units, the routine functioning was not hampered, said the officials.
Though some standalone computers were affected, they were logged off as a precautionary measure, said Police Director General Sambasiva Rao.
Rao told that those systems using the windows operating system were hit by the attack. He said that his computer with Mac operating system was safe.
A global cyber-attack using hacking tools stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA) has infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries.
“The impact is minimal as we also keep an offline record of FIRs and other documents,” said Jaya Lakshmi, Superintendent of Police at Tirupati Urban.
Speaking to the media, Lakshmi said that the ‘ransomware,’ a malware used by the hackers, encrypted data in some police stations.
Lakshmi said they were not able to access data and hackers were demanding ransom in digital currency bit coin to restore access. She said that since the data was also stored in different offices in the police administration, they would be able to retrieve the data.
Another officer said they were coordinating with the home ministry and were taking all precautions to protect the data.
Telangana police said its computer systems were not affected.
“The Telangana State Police website is functioning perfectly. There is no need to panic”, said Krishna Prasad, Telangana technical computer services in-charge.