Power Department Websites Hit By Ransomware
In the world of digitalization, Power is inevitable as everything depends on it. On April 29th Telangana and Andhra Pradesh power department noticed that their websites were hacked by cyber crooks using Robinhood Ransomware.
The power utility websites of Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (APSPDCL), Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL), Telangana Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL), Telangana Northern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSNPDCL) these were seized by hackers who demanded 6 Bitcoins, about 24 lakh rupees, in both the states or else they, would delete all the data from the websites.
Luckily, the billing cycle is from 5th to 21st of every month, averted a major problem as the attack was after the billing cycle.
While the police in Telangana confirmed that software expert in Hyderabad was trying to restore the data, the websites of Andhra Pradesh were restored late in the evening.
The Bill payment website was not affected as it runs on different bill desk server, still, slowly the hacked website was back on stream in the evening.