- Hackers take over power billing records of Indian state; demand ransom
UHBVN, one of the two power discoms in Haryana, monitors electricity billing of nine Haryana districts. According to the latest report, the AMR system (automatic meter reading system) of Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) (Haryana power utilities) in Panchkula, India became a victim of cyber-attack by unknown hackers last week. 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. According to TNIE, On 22 March, when the computers were turned on, the ransom message got displayed on the screens narrating the demands of the hackers. It is not cleared yet how the hacker took control over the systems.
Cyber Security Tips: To prevent yourself from such a malware you are strongly recommended that never open spam emails, avoid clicking any links without verify, download software’s only from trusted sources, regularly backup your data, never pay ransom if your system is locked by ransomware and keep your system up-to-date.