District Reverts to Ancient Technologies After Getting Hacked
Ban Bueng officials declared a state of emergency when a serious malware attack took down their systems.
A severe, multi-pronged cyber attack struck a district of Chon Buri last week, crippling down the area’s ability to use its computers and process payments for government services, and forcing its employees to go back to using paper receipts.
“This is a very insidious, very well-organized attack,” Ban Bueng district’s IT director Sudjai Saengpho said in a press release. “It’s not a kid on his family’s sugar cane plantation. Because we are getting the information out and sharing it with other entities, hopefully they can weather the storm.”
It sounds like a return to a simpler, more analog time, but in reality, it is a major pain in the ass. An update from the district on July 24 gives an idea of what, exactly, the region is coping with: At the SafeHouse Rehab Centre, staff is manually tracking its patients. The acupuncturists and herbal remedial therapists are taking cash payments only. The government hospital’s computers are down (but hey, you can still see a doctor if you’re sick). One hundred district workstations and 20 out of 25 servers were affected.