Cyber attack hits Haryana’s power discom’s billing data

A Haryana power discom faced cyber attack on its Automatic Meter Reading System (AMR) in which billing data of about 4,000 industrial consumers has been encrypted. The cyber attackers sought Rs 1 crore extortion money to offer code of the encrypted data. “We have backup of the data and we will reformat it,”Haryana Additional Chief Secretary (power) PK Das told The Indian Express Wednesday.

The cyber attack took place on March 21 and an FIR was registered at Panchkula’s Sector-5 police station on March 23 under Section 66 of the IT Act, 2000 and Section 384 (demand of extortion) of the IPC.

The affected power discom, Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (UHBVNL), is a government undertaking, which undertakes the power distribution and retail supply business in the northern parts of the state. The attacker flashed a message on the computer screen of the discom asking it to pay the extortion money through Bitcoin, an online system where payments are made without banks, in lieu of the code for the billing data.

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