cyber attack – Govt issues critical alert over ransomware

Mumbai/New Delhi: The government’s cybersecurity arm has asked the central bank, stock exchanges, the National Payments Corp. of India (NPCI) and other vital institutions to safeguard their systems against the latest cyberattack that has infected thousands of systems globally and may escalate further.

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the central agency coordinating efforts on cyber security issues, has issued a “critical alert” and has advised the installation of relevant “patches” to protect against any data breaches.

The virus dubbed WannaCry, a so-called ransomware, has locked up more than 100,000 computers and sent cybersecurity experts scrambling on Sunday to patch computers and restore infected ones. Experts fear that the ransomware worm that stopped car factories, hospitals, shops and schools in more than 100 countries could wreak fresh havoc on Monday when employees log back on.

Indian officials, who declined to be named, said no major incident of cyberattack has been brought to the notice of CERT-In yet.

Even so, information security officers and senior executives in charge of running the information technology operations in Indian enterprises have been rushing to protect their computer systems against the attack.


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