India escapes damage from malware attack

In Kerala, staff in far-flung village offices in Wayanad, Pathanamthitta, Kollam and Thrissur districts told the police that they opened their internet-linked workstations after the weekend to find them infected.

At the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, 20 workstations assigned for normal office work and running on Windows 7 and XP operating systems were infected by the virus and were immediately isolated from the network.

While Mr. Prasad denied any knowledge of banking systems being affected, an official said a few ATMs in remote areas had been shut to upgrade their operating software. The banking sector has been upgrading software on a war footing since the attack came to light. Though most of the core financial systems are behind strong defences, the front-end software are exposed and are now being secured.

There were reports of Nissan’s Chennai plant being affected. However, the car-maker in an emailed statement said, “Like many organisations around the world some Nissan entities were targeted by the Ransomware attack. Our teams have been responding accordingly and there was no major impact on our business. Normal production operations are underway at our RNAIPL plant in Chennai.”

IT majors Infosys and Wipro told The Hindu that they have not been affected as their systems are robust and they constantly monitor threats.