Hit by WannaCry ransomware, civic body in Mumbai suburb to take 3 more days to fix computers

Published on May 16, 2017 02:23 PM IST

Although the recovery work started on Friday evening, the technicians complained of failure in recovery, as the virus kept attacking the files even after it was removed.

All work at the KDMC headquarters is being conducted offline.(HT File)
All work at the KDMC headquarters is being conducted offline.(HT File)
Hindustan Times | By, Kalyan

Three days after the computer system of the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) was attacked by the WannaCry ransomware virus, the Information Technology (IT) department of the civic body is still working on its recovery.

The word and excel files of 25 computers which were online or did not have their anti virus updated were attacked by the virus last week. The entire IT system in KDMC has been shut since Friday evening.

Although the recovery work started on Friday evening, the technicians complained of failure in recovery, as the virus kept attacking the files even after it was removed.

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“Our technical department is working on recovering data from the computes which were infected with the virus. It will take another three days for the entire recovery process,” said E Ravendiran, commissioner of KDMC.

There are around 200 computers at the KDMC headquarters. All the work is currently being conducted offline. Meanwhile, the civic body claims that there is nothing to worry about as it has back ups of all the files that were attacked . “There is no need to worry about loss of data, as we have backed up all our files. Our only concern is that the that the virus be removed, and does not attack again,” said Dhanaji Thoraskar, deputy commissioner of KDMC.

Soon after the attack, the civic officials were asked to not use internet. Their systems were shut down, and officials were asked to continue with their work offline. “This will affect the daily routine work of the civic body, as muchof the information is stored in the computers by our officials. It will slow down the work process,” added Thoraskar.

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    Sajana is a correspondent for Kalyan and has an experience of about four years covering civic and cultural issues for Thane edition of HT.

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