In a complaint to the Cyber cell of the Goa Police, the state government’s water resources department that has been maintaining the data said all its files have been encrypted and can no longer be accessed.
The complaint was filed on June 24 but has come to light today.
“Server has been under the cyberattack of ransomware. Under the attack, all files are encrypted with eking extension and cannot be accessed. In a popup and stored file, the attackers are demanding Bitcoins Cryptocurrency (for more news) for the decryption of the data. The attack was carried out on 21 June 2022 midnight between 12am-2am.
The integrity of the data has been altered making it impossible to back up the previous data. The server works on the 24×7 internet line and the attack was eased due to absence of antivirus and outdated firewalls,” the complaint filed by executive engineer Sunil Karmarkar revealed.
As a result of the hacking, the department can now no longer access its data related to battery voltages of different stations, data packets related to 12 stations, has lost all its old data which can now no longer be backed up locally and has also lost real time data of the rivers currently in spate owing to the ongoing vigorous monsoon activity across the state.
The data of flood monitoring system, automated rain gauges and weather gauges get stored in the server located at the Water Resources Department Headquarters in the state capital while the servers were being maintained by ASTRA Microwave Products limited, Hyderabad.