New Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday clarified that the malware attack that had reportedly affected hundreds of computers at the NIC, MEITY, now appears to had set on a particular computer and only that computer was affected.
“It appears that malware had set in on a particular computer and only that computer was affected. No loss of NIC data was recorded. Delhi Police probed and identified the source. The reports being carried in certain sections of the media about widespread cyber intrusion involving high offices are unsubstantiated and do not reflect the current stage of the investigation,” police said in a statement on the malware attack on National Informatics Centre (NIC) and Ministry of Electronics and Informational Technology (MEITY).
“A government employee had recently reported that he was having difficulty accessing his official email account by NIC which was lying unused for some weeks. It was found by NIC’s robust cybersecurity systems that there was an attempted breach by unidentified cyber actors,” it added.
As a matter of abundant precaution, a formal investigation into the matter has been launched by registering a case at Special Cell, police said. “Police proceeding further in the probe,” it said.
Why news media is in crisis & How you can fix it
India needs free, fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism even more as it faces multiple crises.
But the news media is in a crisis of its own. There have been brutal layoffs and pay-cuts. The best of journalism is shrinking, yielding to crude prime-time spectacle.
ThePrint has the finest young reporters, columnists and editors working for it. Sustaining journalism of this quality needs smart and thinking people like you to pay for it. Whether you live in India or overseas, you can do it here.