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Websites of two power companies in AP and Telangana hacked, personal data of 2 crore customers stolen

The websites of two power distribution in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were hacked resulting in their computer-based applications coming to a standstill for over three days, reports the Hindu. The report further adds that the hackers possessed data of 2 crore consumers in both states. On Tuesday evening, the websites of the southern and northern power distribution companies of Telangana at Hyderabad and Warangal respectively, and southern and eastern power distribution companies of Andhra Pradesh at Tirupati and Visakhapatnam respectively, were hacked. The websites are maintained by Tata Consultancy Services in Hyderabad, per the report. According to authorities, the data of the power companies was backed up and no routine functions were impacted. Only payments made by the corporations in ATM mode were affected. TCS has been working to restore the function and recover stolen data from the websites. Officials of Southern Power Distribution Company have filed a complaint with Cyber Crime Police Station in Hyderabad. Officials suspected that the same hackers who targeted Air India and Andhra Bank websites may have been behind this attack. They also suspected that the hackers were targeting payments data in the companies, and did not rule out attempts to divert funds. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have seen multiple vulnerabilities and breaches of citizen data, including sensitive information like health and caste data. Last month, 7.8 crore Aadhaar records from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were found on the hard disks of IT Grids Pvt Ltd, the firm which operates the Telugu Desam Party’s Sevamitra…

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