Amidst the WannaCry ransomware virus’ cyber attack, it emerges that a fake profile of Punjab’s Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal was created by an unidentified man in Chandigarh who used it to seek donation for a cancer patient, reported news agency PTI. “We found a fake Facebook ID of Manpreet Singh Badal in which a fake photo of a girl patient suffering from cancer was shown,” Badal’s Officer on Special Duty (OSD) JS Dhillon was quoted saying by the agency on Wednesday.
According to Dhillon, the man used the account and appealed people to make donations for that girl. “In the post, an appeal was made to seek funds for the girl’s treatment. “As soon as we came to known about this fake ID, we alerted people who follow on his real Facebook ID,” he said. A complaint will be lodged with the Punjab Police cyber crime cell in this regard, the OSD said. This act was done in the backdrop of a major cyber attack that has affected over 150 countries including India.
Earlier in the day, the data system if a government-run City Hospital at Berhampur in Odisha’s Ganjam district was allegedly attacked by WannaCry ransomware virus, as the crime branch of the state police decided to probe the attack, reported news agency PTI. “The Crime Branch has taken over investigation of the case relating to the virus attack in Berhampur City
“A case has been registered on the basis of the ADMO’s report under various sections of the IT Act and IPC at Berhampur Town police station”, said Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Berhampur, Shantanu Das.