The Indian Government on Monday said that there has been no serious damage in India caused due to the global cyber-attack caused by Ransomware WannaCry, except a few isolated incidents in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.
The WannaCry ransomware attack has haunted the world and has infected thousands of computer systems throughout most of the countries of world. While the rest of world was hit-shaken by the nightmare of WannaCry, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the systems run by National Informatics Centre were secure and running smoothly and that there has been no major damage caused in the country apart from few ‘isolated’ cases in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. Ravi Shankar also said that the government had advised the administrators to use the ‘software patch’ back in March to stay intact against possible cyber-attacks.
India is on high alert and is monitoring the critical and sensitive networks of sectors like banking, power, aviation, telecom, security and other online infrastructures. The ransomware has disrupted networks of more than 150 countries including Russia and the UK, and is being termed as one of the most widespread cyber-attacks in the history. But India is almost zero-dented because of WannaCry, because maybe Indians don’t WannaCry.
The Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), under the IT Ministry, held a web conference, sharing technical details of the attack and precautions to be taken. The agency said it was yet to get official notification on any attacks in India from the malware that encrypts files and demands a ransom to decrypt them.
Although there have been a few cases of ransomware attacks, but there has been no serious or major damage and data loss and the government is working on stonewalling the networks to stand still against any cyber-attack.