WannaCry No Threat For GSTN – CEO
With the recent ransomware attacks infecting many organisations across the world it has raised questions about the IT infrastructure for GST to be rolled out soon. Reacting to the doubts Mr Prakash Kumar CEO of GSTN clarified the GST networks will not be affected by the WannaCry ramsomware attack as its systems do not run on Microsoft software.
The Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN) is estimated to tackle around 3 billion invoices every month under the new indirect tax regime. The Beta testing of software will be completed tomorrow.
The GSTN portal is now loaded with around 60 lakh excise, service tax and VAT assesses from November 8, 2016, and April 30, 2017. Presently it has around 80 lakh such assesses.
Speaking to the PTI Mr Kumar assured saying – “Our software is not based on Microsoft windows operating system and hence we are immune. We operate on Linux software which is not affected by the ransomware attack.”
With the widespread outbreak of the ransomware attack WannaCry across the world targeting systems running on older version of Microsoft Windows. The ransomware would encrypt the file system and demand for ransom fee of around $300 in the form Bitcoins for unlocking the systems. The outbreak was large and considered to be most widespread cyber attacks in history.
Mr Kumar further assured by saying the GSTN will complete the beta testing of its software tomorrow and the systems were running smoothly. The data stored will be in a encrypted form and only the taxpayer and the assessing officer will be able to have access to the information.
The formation of GSTN is primarily to provide IT infrastructure and services to the to central and state governments, taxpayers and other stakeholders for the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax.