Kerala govt claims its IT policy helped check ransomware attack

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The Kerala government on Friday said that its IT policy, based on free and open-source software  helped in insulating the state to a great extent from the WannaCry ransomware virus.

On behalf of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Law Minister A K Balan, talked about how the ransomware attack in Kerala was not as extensive as in other parts of the country.

Computers in six panchayats were hit by the virus and a probe was on by police, according to him. However there were limitations to tracing those responsible as it was a fraud at the international level.

While computers using the Windows operating system were affected by the ransomware attack, those using open- source software such as Linux were not affected at all.
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