However, the governing body said that its main portal and website were not breached.

WannaCry ransomware hits Tirupati breaches 30 computers of the TTDFile photo: PTI
news Cyber Crime Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 08:35

Even as the world braced itself to face the WannaCry ransomware doing the rounds, computers of the richest Hindu temple's governing body the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), were reportedly hit. 

According to reports, as many as 30 computer systems of the TTD were affected by the virus.

However, the governing body said that its main portal and website were not breached.  

Reporting that the systems which were affected were suspected to be using a pirated version of Windows XP operating system, The New Indian Express reported that TTD officials stated that no critical data was lost and no great damage was done. 

Newly-appointed TTD Executive Officer (EO) Anil Kumar Singhal held an emergency meeting after the hack, and told media persons, that precautionary measures were being taken, to prevent damage or further attack.

The Times of India reported that the TTD had about 2,000 computers, of which 500 systems were used for booking and online services for devotees.

"We have also loaded patches released by Microsoft for further protection of all the systems as advisories from agencies have said that even computers with the latest software may be affected," officials told TOI.

WannaCry is a ransomware program that emerged last week, and mainly targets Microsoft's Windows operating system.

It has reportedly impacted over 10,000 organisations and 2,00,000 individuals in 150 countries.

The WannaCry Ransomware is a program that can get into your computer and lock you out, not letting you access your data until you make a payment to the hackers in bitcoins.

However, there is no guarantee that the hackers will return your access to your files. 

WannaCry exploited a vulnerability in the Windows operating system with the hackers likely using a piece of NSA code released last month.

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