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Ransomware cyberattack: Computers of two Kerala local bodies allegedly hit

The indiscriminate attack by ransomware WannaCry began on Friday and struck banks, hospitals and government agencies, exploiting known vulnerabilities in older Microsoft computer operating systems.

india Updated: May 15, 2017 16:17 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
Ransomware cyberattack,Kerala local bodies,Computers
A screenshot of the warning screen from a purported ransomware attack, as captured by a computer user in Taiwan, is seen on laptop in Beijing.(AP)

The computers of two village panchayats in Kerala were found to be hacked into on Monday with messages demanding $300 in virtual currency to unlock the files even as thousands of companies and institutions around the globe were grappling with disruptions from the WannaCry ransomware.

Officials who opened the office computer at the Thariyode panchayat office in the hilly district of Wayanad found that four of their computers have been hacked.

“The four computers were switched on as usual and they were unable to open the any document files as the virus displayed messages demanding a payment of $300 in virtual currency Bitcoin to unlock files and return them to the user. We have informed the district authorities about this,” said Santhosh, a panchayat official.

Likewise another village panchayat at Aruvapulam near Konni in Pathanamthitta district on Monday morning got a similar virus message when their computer was switched on.

Officials attached to the two offices said the computers that have been affected did not have any major documents as they continue to rely on paper files.

IT experts are working on these systems on how best to come out of this cyber attack.

First Published: May 15, 2017 14:56 IST