WannaCry ransomware cyberattack fails to paralyse India: some businesses hit


Excluding random incidents in a few states, most institutions and industries across India continue to remain protected from the effects of the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware cyberattack that has affected computers in around 100 countries worldwide.

The message of cautions and reinforced online security was issues by banks, government departments and corporate houses. However, due to the weekend during which ripple effects of the malware were witnessed across the globe, the business was unaffected as markets and offices opened on Monday.

For now, the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) has asked banks to activate their ATM networks only after software updates are installed.

On Monday, the social network was abuzz with talk that ATMs in many places were not functional. However, bankers stated that this was likely due to lack of cash in the machines.

Corporate houses urged their employees to back up their data and avoid opening unfamiliar file attachments. “We are also urging all Windows users to install software upgrades and firewalls,” said the IT head of a media group.

The mutual fund and broking industries were not affected by the malware attack, said top officials. “All exchange operations went on normally,” said Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE.

Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Chennai and Kolkata are among the cities in which sporadic attacks were reported.

Dhananjay Dwivedi, secretary in Gujarat government, said there were 120 incidents across the state. “However, there is no harm on government functioning,” he added.

In Kerala, Wayanad and Pathanamthitta districts the computers in panchayat offices were affected. Thariyode panchayat president Reena Sunil said “The staff found Microsoft Word and MS Office files inaccessible,”.
Meanwhile, the Oragadam, Tamil Nadu, factory of alliance partners Renault & Nissan started the production again on Monday after a disruption on Saturday. The attack had affected production of around 1,200 vehicles.

In Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, a motorcycle dealer was asked to pay USD 300 to access files on his PC in a pop-up on Saturday. Computers in at least 3 locations in West Bengal, including those of a power discom, also came under attack.

West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd MD Rajesh Pandey said, “The disruption caused was local. It did not affect power distribution, customer data or commercial operations”.

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Himani Sharma, From ITvoir News Desk