No report yet of 'WannaCry' hit on Indian network: CERT

No report yet of 'WannaCry' hit on Indian network: CERT

"All banks are taking a short cut because it (getting new software) involves a huge licensing cost", said Dharshan Shanthamurthy, founder and chief executive at SISA Information Security Pvt.

The IT ministry has reached out to key stakeholders like RBI, National Payments Corporation of India, NIC and UIDAI to advise them to protect their systems against the ransomware to ensure that the digital payments ecosystem in the country is protected. Over two lakh computers in at least 150 countries are said to have been infected, according to Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency.

The cyber attack, which has affected at least 200,000 computers in 150 countries, shut auto factories, hospitals, shops and schools, but has been less severe than anticipated in Asia.

Lenders, however, are confident that their systems will be able to withstand this ransomware attack because many are run on private networks and don't store data. "We have been in touch with Microsoft and others.even they have not got any reports", Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), director general, Sanjay Bahl was quoted a saying by PTI.

Security solutions providers have also accelerated efforts to develop tools to tide over the crisis.

The government said on Monday that its computer systems have largely escaped a massive global ransomware attack and that state organizations managing government websites and building supercomputers have installed security patches. The cyber criminals have demanded a fee of about $300 in crypto-currencies like Bitcoin for unlocking the device. However, there is no confirmation on whether the access is restored after the amount is paid. The RBI has asked banks to follow the instructions of government organisation CERT-In on ransomware, which has impacted various IT networks in over 150 countries.

In India, 102 computer systems of the Andhra Pradesh police were hacked on Saturday and a Nissan Renault auto plant production was halted because of the malware. Hota also said that the banks have not sent any formal compliance report still.

"So far we have not received anything. RBI is also following up with them", he said.

Earlier in the day, central transmission utility Power Grid said it has put sufficient firewalls to deal with the global cyber attack and consumers need not fear sudden outages.

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