After West Midnapore, Cyber Attack Hits WB’s Balurghat


Balurghat: The WannaCry ransomware attack is being reported in some parts of West Bengal. The computers of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution company at Balurghat are suspected to have been hit by this ransomware on Monday.

Also earlier, the State Electricity Distribution Company in West Midnapur at four locations in four locations have come under the cyber attack.

Earlier it was reported that computer systems of the Andhra Pradesh police department were hit by the ransomware attack.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in a statement said it has activated a “preparedness and response mechanism” by instructing CERT-IN to gather information on this attack.

In India, the issue is made worse because many computers might still be on Windows XP, for which Microsoft had not issued security updates for some time. However, in light of the attack, Microsoft issued a security patch to Windows XP as well, in order to fix the security vulnerability related to the cyber-attack.