The IT ministry has reached out to key stakeholders like RBI, National Payments Corporation of India, NIC and UIDAI (Aadhaar) to advise them to protect their systems against ‘Wanna Cry’ ransomware to ensure that the digital payments ecosystem in the country is protected.The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has also instructed cyber security unit CERT-In to gather information of ‘Wanna Cry’ ransomware that has wrecked havoc across sectors like healthcare and telecommunications in more than 100 countries.Over the weekend, the ransomware hit systems in over 100 countries, including Russia and the UK, in one of the most widespread cyber attacks in history. It infected computers running on older versions of Microsoft operating systems like XP, locking access to files on the computer.
The cyber criminals have demanded a fee of about USD 300 in crypto-currencies like Bitcoin for unlocking the device. Microsoft has introduced a security patch to tackle the situation, and consumers across the globe have been advised to download the solution at the earliest.“MeitY is keeping a close watch on the developments on the ransomware and is working in close coordination with all relevant agencies,” it said in a statement.As per the advisory issued by CERT-In, the ransomware infects other computers on the same network and is also spreading through malicious attachments to e-mails. Security firms have suggested that users immediately disconnect the infected device from the local network to contain the spread of infection.
Experts fear the situation could further aggravate as a number of computers in India run on the older operating systems and have not been updated yet.
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