Ransomware cyber-attack hits Berhampur City Hospital

Berhampur: The Berhampur City Hospital’s information management system has been attacked by the WannaCry ransomware virus affecting the e-medicine services and payment to ASHA workers since Monday.

The hacker is demanding USD 300 to restore the access to the hospital’s information management system.

Sources said crucial data available in the hospital’s email id were also hacked.

A police complaint will be lodged at the Sadar police Station by the Berhampur City Hospital authorities today, the sources added.

Meanwhile, the Information and Technology Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera informed a technical team has been sent to the Berhampur City Hospital to examine the issue. “Further action can be taken only after the department be sure that the hospital management system has been attacked by the ransomware virus,” the minister pointed out, adding that a meeting in this regard will be held at the State Secretariat today.

For the past few days the Wanna Cry ransomware attack has been observed in several countries including India putting the Central information technology agencies on toes.

The Crime Branch of Odisha Police had issued an advisory on the ransomware virus to government and private organisations in the State on Tuesday.