The hackers have stolen the billing data of the (UHBVN)Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, The New Indian Express (TNIE) reports that hackers stole billing data from UHBVN computer systems and are demanding 1 Crore Indian rupee ($153,800) in Bitcoin from the state government for decrypting the files and restoring access to the AMR system.
A case has been registered in Sector 5 Police Station of Panchkula under IT Act but TNIE hasn’t named the sections in its report.
UHBVN one of the two power Discoms of Haryana monitor online electrick billing of nine districts Haryana.attacker occurred on 21 March midnight. Hackers uploaded a ransom message to the UHBVN head office
According to News India Express, On March 22, when the head office of UHBVN in Panchkula opened as a message was flashed on computer screens in which the hacker demanded Rs One crore in form of bitcoins from the state government in order to retrieve the data.
Report by Office stuff the attacked ARM system was installed, Operated by Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, It was installed in 2010 and since then the electricity billings of the 9 districts namely Ambala, Karnal, Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Panchkula, Panipat, Sonepat, Rohtak, and Yamunanagar were managed by this system.
Haryana Police officials claim by Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Cyberattack
However, experts suspect that it may not be an easy feat to pull off considering that the IP address can be modified in merely seconds so the attacker(s) might have faked the IP address. According to the officials, no billing data was lost because a backup was already present and consumer billings remain unaffected too
Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Office has now uploaded data there system, Reports though claim that the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam now doesn’t possess users’ power bill reports and just the records of the arrears remain with the facility UHBVN officials state that none of the 4,000 manufacturing consumers have been pretended.Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Cyberattack