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'WannaCry' impact not so serious in India, says govt

'WannaCry' impact not so serious in India, says govt

Officials who opened the computer at the Thariyode panchayat office in the hilly district of Wayanad found that four of their computers had been hacked.

"What is new about the WannaCry ransomware virus, which can worm its way into Windows PCs and propagate automatically through systems, is its attack on intranets", Wu said.

"Most Indian homes are vulnerable to WannaCry because of the pirated software they use", the expert said.

Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong and Jiangxi province were most affected, a report released by 360 Threat Intelligence Center on Saturday said.

In previous year India has seen at least three sophisticated ransomware attacks on Indian companies and banks.

Some media reports claimed that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has ordered some ATMs to remain shut as a preventive measure. China were worst affected, and as the main economic allies of North Korea, it's shady at best to suggest North Korea would target them with ransomware attacks.

"MeitY has initiated contact with relevant stakeholders in public and private sector to "patch" their systems as prescribed in the advisory issued by CERT-IN".




Above-mentioned units are asked to closely watch out and prevent WannaCry from connecting to the servers as well as update the protection systems such as IDS/IPS, Firewall.

According to Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Cyber Security Dan Tehan, a handful of Australian businesses have been hit in the attack.

According to press reports, the malicious software was first spotted in Russian Federation but rapidly spread across the globe in what might turn out to be an attack of unprecedented scale. If you do not have patch management solutions or other vehicles to deploy the patch, I would resort to manually installing the patch on critical systems first and then progress throughout the environment. "WannaCry" has disrupted networks in over 150 countries, including Russian Federation and the United Kingdom, and is being termed as one of the most widespread cyberattacks in the history.

Microsoft released a security update to patch the vulnerability on March 14, a month before the theft of exploits from the NSA was publicly reported, Smith said.

Kerala, Kolkata hit The computers of two village panchayats in Kerala have been reportedly hit by WannaCry with messages pop-ups demanding $300 in virtual currency to unlock the files.

Europol has been analysing the virus and was yet to identify the hacking group behind the massive attacks.

"WannaCry" is infecting computers running the older versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems, locking access to files on the computer.


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