Ransomware: Multi-agency group to assess threat

New Delhi | Published: May 17, 2017 6:34:37 AM

On the impact of the ransomware in the country, Sundararajan told reporters, “Since March, the government has been on a high alert.

According to government sources, home ministry officials are also part of the group. (Reuters)

The government has set up a multi-agency group, comprising officials from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), home ministry (MHA), CERT-In, Department of Telecom (DoT), ministry of electronics and IT (MeitY) among others, to review and assess the situation arising out of the threat created by the ransomware, WannaCry. “A multi-agency monitoring team is already continuously monitoring and assessing the situation on a 24/7 basis,” MeitY secretary Aruna Sundararajan, who also holds the additional charge of secretary DoT, told FE. Asked if the team comprises officials from the RBI, MeitY, DoT and CERT-In, she replied in the affirmative.

According to government sources, home ministry officials are also part of the group. On the impact of the ransomware in the country, Sundararajan told reporters, “Since March, the government has been on a high alert. We have already installed the necessary patches as far as the government’s key networks are concerned. We have not got any reports of the widespread infection of the ransomware. There have been very few isolated incidents and we continue to be on the watch.”

The government’s cybersecurity unit, CERT-In, says that apart from five or six isolated instances, there are no reports of a substantial scale on Indian systems, she added.

-Rishi Ranjan Kala

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