State guards against cyber terror

All offices told to upgrade Windows versions used in computers
Report by: 
Durgadas Banerjee
Kolkata
16 May 2017

The West Bengal government today took a series of decisions to tackle the cyber terror unleashed by unscrupulous hackers all over the world. In West Bengal too computers in several offices particularly in the power sector have been seriously affected by the menace.

A meeting has been held today at Nabanna which was presided over by chief secretary Basudev Banerjee and attended by senior officials of several departments.
``While instructions have been sent to all offices under the state government that they should upgrade the version of Windows used in the computers to Windows 10 and all efforts should be taken so that no data was destroyed further by the cyber miscreants. Officials have also been told not to make any effort to recover the data that had already been destroyed by the attack,'' a state government official said. He also said that an expert committee would also be formed which would also include experts from the Union government.

Meanwhile hackers today made an attempt to steal money from Kolkata Municipal Corporation mayor Sovan Chatterjee's wife's bank account.  The mayor and his wife came to know about the unsuccessful attempt after Chatterjee's wife received a text message alerting her against insufficient cash balance, the mayor said today. Chatterjee then blocked the debit card and lodged a police complaint. The mayor said that the hackers could not withdraw money from his wife's account since the amount of money they were looking for was, in fact, not in the account. Meanwhile, in view of the latest Ransomeware cyber attack, the KMC today issued a circular to its employees containing a set of guidelines on how to stave off the attack.