INCIDENT: Indian Flood Monitoring System Targeted by Hackers

A Ransomware attack hit Goa’s flood monitoring system according to the Hindustan Times, which reports that the state government’s water resources department that maintains the data said that all its files have been encrypted and can no longer be accessed.

The data center server in Panaji stores the data of 15 flood monitoring systems on major rivers in the Goa region, as part of disaster management and flood control. Access is unavailable to data relating to batteries and to real time monsoon activity.

Reports are in that the servers of Flood Monitoring System were hit by the file-encrypting malware on June 21st,2022 and the hackers are demanding BTC in double-digit figures to free data from encryption. The department reportedly has no dedicated IT staff or security professional to react to such situations. Officials are not interested in paying a ransom to hackers and are sure to recover the locked-up data by other means.

Incident Date

June 21, 2022

Location

India

Estimated Cost

No cost values disclosed.

Type of Malware:

No Malware identified

Threat Source:

No threat source identified

References:

  • System In Goa, India – Perspective From Industry Leaders
  • Cyber attackers strike flood monitoring system in Goa, India
  • Hackers target WRD’s flood monitoring system
  • Ransomware Attack on Indian flood monitoring system and demand Bitcoins

Impacts

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