UHBVN was hacked, hackers stole the billing data and demands for one crore ransom in Bitcoins. The cyber attack happened targetting UHBVN IT wing at 12.17 AM on March 21.
Thousand of Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam consumers billing data has been hacked, on March 22 when employees arrived all their computers flashing ransom notes demanding ” One crore in form of bitcoins from the state government in order to retrieve the data” according to The New Indian Express.
A case has been registered and the Haryana cyber police wing investigating the cyber incident. According to the sources, the officials of the Nigam are busy uploading the billing data from the log books and some of the data has been uploaded.
UHVBN claimed that the cyber attack on the Automatic Meter Reading System (AMR) has not at all affected the billing of about 4,000 Industrial consumers as the backup of the billing data is accessible with the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam.
Nigam official said there is no loss of billing data and the billing consumers would not be affected.He also added immediately after the attack the complete system study was carried out by the concerned officers, cyber expert as well as other IT experts.
Officials said the database has been encrypted and the backup of the encrypted database was also taken for further retrieval.
Nigam also indicated that they are already in the progress of moving the data to the cloud and it would come to operational by the end of May 2018.