Computer virus hits election work at collectorate

Started by rajoe, Apr 15, 2009, 03:15 PM

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Computer virus hits election work at collectorate

The computers in the election department of Nagpur district collectorate on Monday evening fell prey to a virus that spread from a
randomisation software uploaded from Mumbai. As a result, at least two computers had to be entirely formatted, and a lot of data, some of it quite important, got erased.

The software, it is reported, was to have been used to assign random polling stations to officers, and random electronic voting machines to these polling stations so that no one knew beforehand which officer or which machine was going where, and chances of tampering would be reduced.

However, after the software was uploaded from Mumbai for the local election departments to use, some of the end users in Nagpur noticed that their computers were working up. Soon, engineers were called in and they traced the problem to a certain virus.

In a number of these cases, the antivirus software installed in the computers saved them. Some others had to be sanitised rigorously. However, at the election department, at least two computers had to be completely formatted and all data stored in them was lost. The virus apparently disguised itself in the form of a batch file, which is a text file containing a series of commands intended to be executed by the command interpreter.

Assistant election officer of Nagpur Avinash Katade said, "We had already used the software once, but on Monday, our computers got infected by the virus." Reportedly, around 700 files in his computer alone were infected, causing many services of the operating system to crash.

Nevertheless, Katade had taken precautionary steps, which went a long way to do some much needed damage control. "After every two days, I transfer all the important data in my computer to a compact disc," he explained. Therefore, all the data up to two days before this crash is intact. Despite this, work at the department did slow down, and by Tuesday afternoon, was only limping back to normal.

source:TOI

dennan

how it possible it cant get directly affect virus in election work
but some have filled the virus with one computer to another

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