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India most vulnerable to WannaCry ransomware
A recent wave of cyber attacks has created havoc in nearly a hundred countries including India, Russia and the United States. In India, five or six isolated instances have been reported from different states like Gujarat, Kerela, Odisha and West Bengal.

A Pune-based company said that 60 per cent of the attempts by the malicious WannaCry ransomware were targeted at enterprises while 40 per cent were on individual consumers.

It is one of the biggest cyber attacks in history, as WannaCry infected computers running on older versions of Microsoft operating systems like Windows XP. The ransomware locks user's device and prevents him or her from accessing data and software until a certain amount is paid to its creator. Cyber criminals have demand handsome money for unlocking such devices.

The cyber attacks which were first reported from Sweden, Britain and France, used a  technique called ransomware where the users' files got locked until they paid the attackers a designated amount of money. A new name was given to ransomware as WannaCry was used to encrypt files on the infected computers.

According to a report, ATMs in India have a great chance of being affected by ransomware. In February, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley indicated that over 70 per cent of the ATMs in the country were being run using the outdated Windows XP operating system. The machines have not received support that was officially believed to have been negotiated with private contractors.

Microsoft had earlier warned that older ATM machines would be particularly vulnerable to malicious cyber attacks in India following the demonetisation of high value currency notes. Experts view that India might see a larger impact on safety and security as more computers are likely to be infected.

While the government of India assures that there will be no serious impact in India, but cases are lodged in different police station of the country on almost a regular basis. In Odisha, a government-run hospital in Ganjam district, which is nearly 170 km away from the state capital Bhubaneswar, was targeted by WannCry ransomeware. Their data and information management system was infected by the virus which in turn affected their e-medicine and data services.

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