India hit by 34 ransomware attacks, Minister Chaudhary tells Lok Sabha - The Hindu

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A total of 34 incidents of infections from the two global ransomware attacks, WannaCry and Petya, were reported to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) by organisations and individuals, Parliament was informed on Wednesday. “Remedial measures to contain the damage and prevent such incidents have been advised by CERT-In,” Minister of State for Electronics and IT, P.P. Chaudhary, said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. WannaCry and Petya infected thousands of computers worldwide in May and June, respectively. The attackers in both cases had sought about $300 in Bitcoin as ransom. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users’ access to affected files by encrypting them until a ransom is paid to unlock it. Asked if the government planned to amend the existing regulations for promotion of cybersecurity, the Minister replied in the negative. “At present, there is no proposal with the government to amend the Information Technology Act, 2000,” he said.

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