BJP Q On Pitroda

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today questioned about the absence of State Government’s Technology Advisor Sam Pitroda at a time when the Ransomeware virus has already hit two Health Care System in Ganjam district and a banking Setup in Balangir has demanded he be removed from the post.

BJP Spokesperson Sajjan Sharma said it is strange that he is not on hand and advise the government on measures needed at this time.

He said several cases have already surfaced in State and urgent attention is required to keep vital data safe.
Mr.Sharma said, the Technology Advisor is missing at a time when the Ransomware virus is inflicting systems of various service providing organizations. The State Government should refrain from appointing NRIs as Advisors.”
However, BJD  Spokesperson Amar Prasad Satpathy said the Crime Branch of Odisha Police has taken up the matter and the guilty will be arrested soon.

“The State Electronics & IT Department has alerted all the district Collectors regarding the Ransomware threat. The cyber attack is not only happening in Odisha, it is a global phenomenon,” he said.
Meanwhile, even as a three-member team of the cyber cell of State Crime Branch reached Berhampur today to probe into the WannaCry Ransomware attack in the Berhampur city hospital, another such attack was detected in Bolangir district.
According to a complaint filed by the Utkal Gramya Bank authorities, computers at the Bank at Titilagarh in the district are found to be hacked.
The entire operation in the bank has been paralysed and no services can be availed. The data in the computers have been encrypted and the hacker is demanding payment of $300 in the internet currency Bitcoin, the Bank authorities have said in their complaint.
A three member team of the Cyber Cell of Crime Branch headed by Inspector Anil Anand left for Berhampur today to probe into WannaCry Ransomware attack at Berhampur City Hospital and the Purusottampur CHC in Ganjam district.
All data in computers of Purusottampur CHC have been encrypted and 300 dollars have been demanded to decrypt the same.
Similarly, the data in the computers of the coordinators of e-Aushadhi portal and Hospital Information Management System (HMIS) have been encrypted. The officials came to know about the virus two days after the attack.
The Crime Branch was entrusted the responsibility of the probe yesterday.
Special DG Crime Bijay Kumar Sharma tweeted, “FIR filed by ADMO(Medical) of Berhampur has been registered inter alia under sections 65/66 of Information Technology Act and 385 IPC”.

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