VIJAYAWADA: India has become one of the several nations including Russia and Britain, that have been affected by a cyber attack that infected computers.
The worldwide WannaCry ransomware hacker attack has reportedly affected about 25 per cent of the computer network of the Andhra Pradesh police department on Saturday, told the authorities. Computers in 18 police units in Chittoor, Krishna, Guntur, Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam districts were affected.
Director General of Police N. Sambasiva Rao said "Some standalone computers were affected and they were logged off as a precautionary measure. He said systems using the Windows operating system were hit by the cyber attack. The police chief’s computer with Apple’s iOS operating system was safe."
A global cyberattack using hacking tools believed to have been created by the US National Security Agency (NSA) has infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries.
R Jaya Lakshmi, superintendent of police, Tirupati Urban, said the 'ransomware' encrypted data in some police stations. "The impact is minimal as we also keep offline record of FIRs and other documents," she said.