Even as companies around the globe are preparing for an imminent cyber attack, the computers of two village panchayats in Kerala were hit, with messages demanding $300 in virtual currency to unlock the files. 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. Also Read - Beware! Fake e-commerce website scams increasing during festive season salesAlso Read - Free Fire addiction lead two kids spend nearly 1 lakh from parents’ bank account
“The four computers were switched on as usual and they were unable to open 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. ALSO READ: No, I don t WannaCry, but we re all collectively responsible for a lot of pain around us
Likewise another village panchayat at Aruvapulam near Konni in Pathanamthitta district 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. ALSO READ: WannaCry ransomware: CERT-In explains measures to prevent infection, how to tackle the aftermath