India largely safe from cyberattack

Referring to the malware that entered the police cyber networks in Andhra Pradesh, Mr Rai said, “Since this has happened here on the weekend, we are expecting a better impact assessment on Monday.”

“Microsoft had released a patch against this flaw in March but many system administrators failed to patch all computers and the ones which were unpatched became vulnerable to this attack,” Pradipto Chakrabarty, Regional Director, CompTIA India told The Hindu .

Mr. Chakrabarty added that the police system in Andhra Pradesh was impacted which may be “because they were using an older version of Microsoft operating system and poor patch maintenance”.

Kaspersky also added that their visibility “may be limited and incomplete and the range of targets and victims is likely much, much higher”.

Tarun Kaura, Director, Product Management – Asia Pacific Japan for Symantec said, “WannaCry has the ability to spread itself within corporate networks, without user interaction, by exploiting a known vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.” He added, “Computers which do not have the latest Windows security updates applied are at risk of infection.” Once the ransomware encrypts data files on the affected computer, it asks users to pay the ransom in bitcoins. While the initial payment demanded is of $300, the ransom note indicates that the payment amount will be doubled after three days. If payment is not made after seven days, the encrypted files will be deleted.

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