Tirumala, May 17, 2017: The largest cyber attack, WannaCry ransomware, had hit at least 10 computers used in administrative functions at the Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam’s, which manages an independent and world’s richest temple in Andhra Pradesh.
The cyber attack has so far affected hundreds of thousands of computers in over 150 countries.
Temple authorities told media that 20 computers used for administrative work were affected and they stopped using the services of another 20 systems till the issue was addressed as a precautionary measure.
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.
From crowd management to booking tickets, IT plays a major role in Tirumala where the famous Balaji temple is located.
Singhal said that TTD is in talks with IT majors to address any such future threats and challenges.
Sources in TTD said the original software was installed in around 2,000 systems and that the IT department updated the firewalls post the attack.
Earlier, WannaCry has infected computers running on older versions of Microsoft operating systems, locking access to files.