48,000 ransomware attack attempts seen in India: Quick Heal Tech

Quick Heal says 60% of the ransomware attack attempts by WannaCry virus in India were targeted at enterprises, while the rest were on individual customers


The top five cities impacted by the ransomware attack are Kolkata followed by Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Pune and Mumbai, says Quick Heal.
The top five cities impacted by the ransomware attack are Kolkata followed by Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Pune and Mumbai, says Quick Heal.

Mumbai: Quick Heal Technologies Ltd, the maker of antivirus software, has said detected over 48,000 ransomware attack attempts in India, with West Bengal witnessing the most incidents.

Quick Heal has “detected over 48,000 MS-17- 010 Shadow Broker exploit hits responsible for ‘WannaCry ransomware’ outbreak in India”, the cybersecurity firm said in a statement.

“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 MD Sanjay Katkar said.

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The Pune-based company said 60% of the ransomware attack attempts by the malicious WannaCry virus were targeted at enterprises, while the rest were on individual customers. Quick Heal said there have been over 700 distress calls by customers in the last few days, following the discovery of the attacks which has impacted 150 countries globally.

The top five cities impacted by the ransomware attack are Kolkata followed by Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Pune and Mumbai, while the top top five states with maximum detections of WannaCry virus are West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi NCR, and Odisha.

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Quick Heal claimed it “successfully detected” the ransomware attack and “cleaned the malicious file responsible for file encryption from all the attacked systems”. It said computers running on the desktop and server editions of the Microsoft Windows operating system are most impacted.

“Systems which did not apply a patch update for this vulnerability were affected by the WannaCry ransomware which uses wormlike behaviour to affect vulnerable systems on the network,” it explained.

Indian computer systems have largely escaped a global ransomware attack as the government and companies installed security patches to gain an upper hand against the first wave of an unrivalled global cyber attack.

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Over 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries are said to have been infected by the WannaCry virus, according to Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency. In India, only a few isolated incidents in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat were reported.

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