Ransomware virus attack: Mah Police Cyber Cell ready with security updates

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 May 2017 11:01:30

By Dheeraj Fartode,

If affected by the virus, business houses, individuals, Government agencies may contact State’s Cyber Cell helpline number 02536631777


Maharashtra Police is geared up to counter globally active WannaCry (WCry 2) Ransomware virus which has partially affected the computer systems in some healthcare institutions in India. “An Indian anti-virus company has identified patches of the virus and state’s cyber cell is working with the company to counter any cyber attack in Maharaashtra,” stated Brijesh Singh, Special Inspector General of Police (Cyber and PAW), Maharashtra.

The Wanna.Cry, WannaCrypt or WannaDecrypt encrypts a target computer thereby locking down the documents, images, music and other files and unless the ‘victim’ pays for a key to unlock them, they cannot be accessed. The virus has spread across the world through a file-sharing vulnerability in Windows.

After learning about the Ransomware, the Maharashtra State Cyber Cell set up a free helpline for business houses, individuals as well as Government agencies to call in case their computer system is infected or if they want information about steps to prevent a Ransomware infection. The State’s Cyber Cell has set up a helpline (number -- 02536631777) -- with security experts manning the line for May 16 and 17. All the calls will be handled by malware specialist who will guide people on prevention and remedial action.

Assistant Police Inspector (API) and In-charge of Cyber Cell of Nagpur Police, Vishal Mane informed The Hitavada that the attack of Ransomware is not yet discovered under jurisdiction of Nagpur Police but the cyber cell is vigilant and ready to tackle the virus, if the system is under threat. “We have issued advisory to institutions including banks,” he added.

According Cyber security experts, WannaCry is initiated through a remote code execution in Microsoft Windows and Microsoft had patched it on March 14 last. However, many organisations and computers used have not updated their computers and not yet installed the patch due to which the Ransomware attacking non-upgraded computers.

Microsoft has stopped updates for Windows XP last year and Ransomware have hit hardest to these computer versions. Hence the tech giant has revoked its decision and made available updates for Microsoft XP (earlier they were stopped) to enable customers to tide over the Ransomware.