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Worldwide cyber-attack "Wannacry"

19 May 2017

The "WannaCrypt" cyber-attack (from the software's name Wanna Decryptor, and also known as WannaCry) is estimated to have hit some 200,000 organisations in at least 150 countries.

The major cyber attack had brought operations at hospitals, telecommunications firms and other companies to a halt. In January 2014, the Obama administration ordered spy agencies to disclose weaknesses they find - but with a significant loophole: If a software flaw has "a clear national security or law enforcement" use, the government can keep the flaw secret and exploit it. Speaking to IndiaTV, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said yesterday that India's cyber security infrastructure was robust and there had been a minimal impact of the attack on India.

Vu Ngoc Son, deputy head of the anti-malware department of Bkav Corporation, the largest internet security firm in Vietnam, said that the WannaCry ransomware's behaviour is "not new", but he believes that the use of this ransomware will not really ease up as "it can directly earn large profits for hackers".

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. A few ATMs running on old Microsoft Operating System remained non-operational as part of precautionary measures.

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In most cases you get Ransomware by opening an email attachment and bad people suddenly have complete control of your computer.

"Normal production operations are underway at our RNAIPL plant in Chennai", Nissan India said in an emailed statement.

"We don't expect this to be a sophisticated group", said Wellsmore.

Hackers possibly used techniques stolen from the US National Security Agency to encrypt files within affected computers, making them inaccessible, and demanded United States dollars 300 ransom. "We have seen earlier that black hats would mainly attack and deface Indian websites but now the objective is mainly money".

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GSTN, the company set up to provide the IT infrastructure for GST rollout, will not be impacted by the WannaCry ransomware attack as its systems do not run on Microsoft software, its CEO Prakash Kumar said.

A multi-agency monitoring team is continuously assessing the situation round the clock, IT Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said on the margins of a Broadband India Forum event.

China is about to kickstart a cyber-security law the US has said could impact foreign firms in China, as it contains surveillance requirements and strict data storage laws, CNBC reported.

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