Tech Mahindra Hit By Ransomware Attack, Spends Rs 5 Cr To Restore Servers; Will Govt Pay?

There has been a ransom ware attack on the Pimpri-Chinchwad Smart City Project and political parties are demanding action against Tech Mahindra in connection with the same.

However, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has said it will not pay a single penny for the purported loss suffered by the company.

Servers of the Chinchwad Smart City Project, according to the IT major, suffered a ransomware attack which in turn led to an estimated loss of Rs 5 crore. The attackers have asked a ransom of Rs 5 crore to be paid in bitcoins.

Mahendra Laxminarayan Lathi (55), manager at Tech Mahindra, registered a criminal offence  at the Nigdi police station on March 9. The attack which took place on February 26 was on the project which involved details of city network, smart water, sewerage, traffic, parking, environment, CCTV surveillance, data centre and disaster recovery centre among others.

The civic body shall not compensate anything to the IT firm said Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil as the civic body claims to not have suffered any damage in terms of information leakage. According to PCMC IT Officer Neelkanth Poman this comes as a surprise as they thought the company could restore the system and also there is no justification for the loss and hence PCMC shall not pay a single penny to Tech Mahindra.

The IT major after filing the complaint, said that they are not seeking any compensation from the PCMC and will also restore the system.

Plan To Build A Robust Security System : Tech Mahindra Spokesperson

President of corporate affairs at Tech Mahindra, Sujit Baksi, said that their team had briefed the whole situation to the cyber security officials and filed an FIR with police. According to their detailed study, alongwith a robust security system 25 impacted servers must be replaced. Constant monitoring and rebuilding the environment without touching the infected servers is what they are planning to do.

What Politicians Have To Say About This?

A thorough investigation of the same has been demanded by Maval Shiv Sena MP Shrirang Barne.

Blaming Tech Mahindra for not building proper firewall for the systems, BJP Corporator Seema Savale added that the company is has made several contradictory statements in the FIR, and is suggestive of the fact that company is trying to hide something.

Instead of owning the security of the project for which crores have been spent, the company is derelict the responsibility by alleging a theft said president of the NCP’s Pimpri-Chinchwad unit, Sanjoy Waghere. He has requested the PCMC to investigate the matter and punish the guilty.

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