wannacry ransomware malware

India’s cyber security agency CERT-IN has announced a high alert for internet users in the country. The menace of ‘Wannacry‘, a strong and globally active Ransomware virus is out. This critically infects computers and locks them remotely.

Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) has issued a critical alert to prevent it. The nodal agency to fight hacking, phishing and to fortify security- related defenses of the Indian Internet domain. The team will hold a session on “Prevention of WannaCry Ransomware Threat” at 11 AM on Monday. The session will be webcast live on webcast.gov.in/cert-in.

The public relations department of the union government has requested citizens to take part in the awareness program. The department has released mass e-mails, messages, and phone calls.

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“The Indian Computer, Emergency Response Team, has issued an advisory regarding prevention of this threat. Given high damage potential of the ransomware, a webcast has been arranged to create awareness among users/organizations,” a mail read.

“It has been reported that a new ransomware named as “WannaCry” is spreading widely. WannaCry encrypts the files on infected Windows systems. This ransomware spreads by exploiting vulnerable Windows Systems. Please do tune into the broadcast to learn more and protect you,” reads the mail.

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Ransomware attacks have been targeting organizations across the world. There have been 75,000 ransomware attacks in 99 countries on Friday. A majority of the attacks targeted Russia, Ukraine, and Taiwan.

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