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No substantial impact of WannaCry on Indian IT system: Aruna Sundararajan

No substantial impact of WannaCry on Indian IT system: Aruna Sundararajan

The tools behind the cyber attack allegedly belonged to the US National Security Agency. The monitoring process is likely to continue.

"We think Asia-Pacific was impacted probably not as heavily as the European regions, but I don't think they dodged a bullet", said Tim Wellsmore, Asia-Pacific director for threat intelligence at FireEye, a California-based network security company.

Wipro Ltd officials told Express: "Wipro has not seen any impact". Over the weekend the company took the unusual step of releasing a similar patch for Windows XP, which the company announced in 2014 it would no longer support. The hackers responsible for this latest ransomware assault could simply change the code (or the domain, for that matter), redeploy it and start again.

Among the notable claims, he said, was that it had newer exploits for Microsoft's Window 10 operating system dating from after 2013. "Organisations need to make use of it".

More importantly, if you're still using an old and unsupported version of Windows (Vista, XP and older), please stop using it immediately and think about upgrading to a supported version as soon as possible (Windows 7 and newer). He urged people not to ignore security updates.

Pranesh Prakash, Policy Director at the Centre for Internet and Society, said, "Approaching the police after your machine is infected won't help".

Close to 150 countries have been affected by this pandemic, which is infecting older versions of the Windows operating system.

A computer science lecturer in Shivamogga reportedly fell prey to WannaCry. Renault also stopped production at several sites in an attempt to stop the spread of the ransomware. "All the data in the laptop was encrypted and there were no confidential files", he said. No company — or hospital, or university, or individual — asks to be the victim of cybercrime, but there are also things companies can do to prevent the attacks from succeeding. Ransomware attacks rise 167 times in 2016 compared to 2015 as per the stats.

Acomputer malware created to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid - dubbed "WannaCry" - -which has of late attacked hundreds of thousands of computers around the world in an estimated 150 countries could well hit India on a larger scale than now though it is at present reportedly confined to about 100 computers of the Andhra police. There have been five to six complaints across the country and none were from Bengaluru. They just happen to hit the motherlode. Wouldn't it be even nicer if the government wasn't sitting on information concerning bugs in order to exploit it for their own purposes, sometimes for years?


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