Believe it or not, the reports coming out are suggestive of the startling fact that J&K UT’s one of the most strategic departments namely the Power Development Department (PDD) had left its data on the mercy of God giving open invitation to trouble mongers to hack the Data Centre website making things go haywire and sending cyber security agencies into the state of tizzy. It is quite perplexing that in today’s India, which boasts of state of art digital revolution with even Rehriwallahs and Pheriwallahs using digital platforms for basic money transactions and other needs of business, the government department having responsibility of providing electricity to the entire UT starting from common households to vital installations including critical security set-up especially on account of region sharing borders with Pakistan, has not taken adequate security measures to secure its digital data exposing badly its servers to hackers in absence of firewalls and using hardware without necessary Annual Maintenance Contracts (AMCs) thus making the entire set-up in its Data Centre akin to a tumbling block which could be attacked and plundered at will of any of the miscreants having basic knowledge of computers. Such kind of ‘dare-devil’ act of those sitting at helm in PDD lead to cyber attack on PDD Data Centre thus affecting online services with no sign of restoration in near future. How come such negligence was allowed is a matter of investigation but what is imperative now is the need to secure similar facilities at various other departments falling under the realms of J&K UT Administration so that trouble mongers do not indulge in another misadventure putting to difficulty a large chunk of population as is the case of PDD clientele. What has happened has happened and cannot be undone but there is no point in looking back and ruminating over the past rather it is time to fortify other digital resources against hackers and mischief mongers so that such kind of troublesome situations can be avoided. Surely, this kind of lacunae on the part of those manning and running the PDD should be taken as an eye opener and all care must be taken in future so that distasteful situations akin to the aforesaid do not reoccur.
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