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Over 48,000 Detected Attempts of WannaCry Ransomware Attacks in India

This of an estimated 2 lakh attacks; Kolkata tops the list of cities with maximum detections followed by Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Pune, and Mumbai

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More than 2 lakh systems in India may be infected

Quick Heal, the security software provider says the top five states with maximum detections are West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, NCR (Delhi), and Odisha even as 60 percent of the attempted attacks were targeted towards enterprises and 40 percent towards individual customers. believes over 2 lakh systems in India may have been infected.

Many organisations and networks in over 150 countries were crippled by the recent WannaCry ransomware outbreak. Quick Heal Technologies Limited further said it detected over 48,000 MS-17-010 Shadow Broker exploit hits responsible for ‘WannaCry ransomware’ outbreak in India. A dump of MS-17-010 Windows OS vulnerability was made public by the notorious Shadow Broker group on 14th April, 2017. This vulnerability affects most desktop and server editions of Microsoft Windows. Systems which did not apply a patch update for this vulnerability were affected by the WannaCry ransomware which uses worm like behaviour to affect vulnerable systems on the network.

Quick Heal and its enterprise security brand, Seqrite, successfully detected this ransomware activity and cleaned the malicious file responsible for file encryption from all the attacked systems. The top five cities impacted by the WannaCry ransomware in India are Kolkata followed by Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Pune, and Mumbai. The top five states with maximum detections are West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, NCR (Delhi), and Odisha. The company received over 700 distressed calls regarding the spread of this ransomware from these regions.

Sanjay Katkar, MD and CTO of Quick Heal Technologies, said, “This ransomware outbreak has brought to fore the importance of robust cybersecurity solutions for individuals and businesses alike. Cybercriminals are not discriminating while attacking and spreading malware. India is getting hit hard by such attacks as India has a large number of Windows users who do not have proper security patches applied and rely on inadequate internet security.

Our observation is that the attack is not focused towards any particular industry but it is widely spread across industries especially those organisations which are online and connected. In the last few days, we have received distressed calls from customers belonging to verticals like education, banking, financial, manufacturing, health care and even from few services sectors.”

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