'Free Software-Based IT Policy Helped Check Ransomware Attack': Kerala Government

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

"The ransomware attack in Kerala was not as extensive as in other parts of the country. The free software-based IT policy implemented during the previous LDF rule was one of the main reason for this," Law Minister A K Balan said while replying to a calling attention motion in the assembly.

He was answering on behalf of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

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

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'Free Software-Based IT Policy Helped Check Ransomware Attack': Kerala Government

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

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