1. Ransomware attack: No serious impact in India, says government

Ransomware attack: No serious impact in India, says government

In the wake of the widespread cyber attack hovering over the globe, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that there was no serious impact on India.

By: | Updated: May 15, 2017 7:23 PM
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, India, Cyber attack, kerala, Wannacry Ransomware In the wake of the widespread cyber attack hovering over the globe, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that there was no serious impact on India. (Image: ANI)

In the wake of the widespread cyber attack hovering over the globe, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that there was no serious impact on India. He further said that the incidents are isolated and that the government is monitoring the situation. “There is no major impact in India unlike other countries. We are keeping a close watch. As per the information received so far, there have been isolated incidents in limited areas in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh,” Prasad told reporters.

After wreaking huge damage across the world on the weekend, WannaCry Ransomware also hit computers in two Indian villages in Kerala. The computers affected by the virus showed a message asking for $300 in virtual currency to unlock all the files encompassed by it. The incident came into the notice on Monday when the officials of Thariyode panchayat office logged in into their computers and found the message. “The four computers were switched on as usual and they were unable to open the any document files as the virus displayed messages demanding a payment of $300 in virtual currency Bitcoin to unlock files and return them to the user. We have informed the district authorities about this,” IANS quoted Santhosh, one of the officials as saying. Another village attacked by the virus was Aruvapulam near Konni in Pathanamthitta. The village computers also showcased similar messages.

WannaCry Ransomware has jolted the globe, with over 1,00,000 computers of 100-150 countries, affected by the virus. India also falls in the category of the countries being attacked by the virus. The speciality of the virus is that after affecting a system, it asks the user to pay a ransom of $300 to unlock the files and acess their devices. The payment amount has to be submitted within three days else the price is doubled. FedEx, European car factories, Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, Britian’s health service and Germany’s Deutsche Bahn rail network are among the companies being hit.

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