WannaCry affects 50,000 PCs: Makes India the 3rd Worst Hit Country by the Ransomware attack

WannaCry ransomware crisis emerged over the weekend, affected 2,00,00 PCs from over 150 countries out of which nearly 50,000 PCs are affected in India.

An Indian Cyber firm has claimed that it detected over 48,000 ransomware attack attempts within the country in total, with the State of Bengal ranking at the top with the most affected computers.

Quick Heal Technologies “detected over 48,000 MS-17- 010 Shadow Broker exploit hits responsible for WannaCry ransomware outbreak in India,” it said in a statement.

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Message Displayed on the victims PC

 

 

In an attempt to further unravel some of the stats behind the cyber attack, the Pune-based company said that about 60% of the WannaCry ransomware infiltration attempts were targeted at enterprise systems, while the rest 40% were directed towards individual customers of the security vendor.

“Our observation is that the attack is not focused towards any particular industry but it is widely spread across industries especially those organizations which are online and connected,” Quick Heal Technologies’ managing director Sanjay Katkar said.

Analysts feared that India’s banking system would be struck hard by the WannaCry ransomware, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. One reason for that is the possible slower speeds at which systems operate, including most ATM kiosks, which proved to be helpful in preventing the spread of the malware, which is usually a big file.

Although there were fears that India’s antiquated systems may be vulnerable, the damage so far appears to be negligible. But the absence of major hit does not mean that all the systems are safe from future attacks.

And even though 22 years old British Cyber Security researcher Marcus Hutchins, who goes by the name MalwareTech, was responsible for stopping the spread of the first wave of WannaCry’s infection, cyber security experts worldwide widely expected the WannaCry ransomware attack vector to mutate, diversify and follow-up attacks to surface throughout this week. While that did not materialize as feared, we should all still remain vigilant and not let our guard down.

 

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