Cyber Attack: RBI issues alert to banks over ransomware

Evrard Martin
Mai 16, 2017

The ransomware WannaCry put banks and ATMs across countries in a terrible situation causing worries of data leakage and placed cyber security at stake.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had said yesterday that a few systems of the Police Department in Andhra Pradesh were impacted and that the state government has been informed to follow the advisory by the CERT-In. Over two lakh computers in at least 150 countries are said to have been infected, according to Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency.

As per reports a ransomware attack had brought down computer systems in United Kingdom hospitals. "They have been saying that they will whitelist the IP (allow access from only certain internet addresses) and take other control measures".

Indian government's cyber security wing Indian Computer Emergency Response Team has cautioned the country's key stakeholders like RBI, National Payments Corporation of India, National Informatics Centre and other organizations of the malware. "We are keeping that under check too".

"It is nothing major, but we are still watching".

India is on high alert, monitoring critical networks across sectors like banking, telecom, power and aviation to ensure that systems are protected against the attack that has claimed victims in more than 150 countries over the weekend.

A Kotak Mahindra Bank spokeperson said, "The bank has robust security controls to guard against various cyber-attacks".

"ATMs anyway run on closed loop systems and usually the machines deployed in far-flung areas run on very slow speeds". It soon emerged that the attack was global with reports of affected computers coming in from all over the globe.

"Normal production operations are underway at our RNAIPL plant in Chennai", Nissan India said in an emailed statement. The hackers dubbed Shadow Brokers promised to free up the data files only after USD 300 dollars were paid in bitcoins.

He said, "We've actually been getting attacks today, we don't think it's the actual group who were spreading the malware but another group is trying to attack us so the infections resume". Wannacry encrypts the files on infected Windows system and spreads by exploiting vulnerabilities, it said. No reports have come to CERT-In. Cyber security experts are of the opinion that Indian ATMs might not be affected by the attack.

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