Tirupati temple computers attacked by WannaCry ransomware; issues resolved

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The computer systems of Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam (TTD’s), which manages the world’s richest temple, has also fallen prey to the recent WannaCry ransomware attack.

However, temple authorities said the cyber attack did not affect daily operations as few computers were attacked and the issue was resolved immediately.

Over the last few days, WannaCry has infected computers running on older versions of Microsoft operating systems, locking access to files.

TTD officials told Business Standard that 20 computers used for administrative work were affected and as a precaution they stopped using other systems till the issue was addressed.

Some workers were using pirated software, which resulted in the attack. The IT wing took notice and immediately disconnected the systems.

TTD’s Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal confirmed that some systems were impacted. However, ticket sales, financial management and other services were not affected by this.

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