Follow CERT-In instructions on WannaCry attack: RBI to banks

WannaCry Ransomware Most ATMs in India vulnerable RBI asks banks to update software
A majority of ATMs in India run on the older version of Windows which is most vulnerable
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19 May, 2017

MHA officials are closely monitoring the situation.

Reserve Bank of India suggested all the banks to take a closer look at the ATM machines which are out of date and make sure they get updated before they open it. RBI suggested to close the ATMs until they get updated. However, the RBI denied that it has ordered the ATMs to shut down.

"RBI has not given any direction or issued any advisory to banks to shut down their ATMs. Wrong information is floating around that RBI has instructed banks to shut down ATMs".

In a separate malware attack previous year, 3.2 lakh debit card were compromised in the country. The Hitachi ATMs deployed by many White Label ATM players and Yes Bank were impacted by the malware.

There are a total of 2.25 lakh ATMs in country of which 60 per cent run on the outdated Windows XP, the report said.

"Kerala and Andhra Pradesh have been affected partly. But we have been updating our whole security measures since March itself, software has been installed", Union Minister of Information and Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad had said.

Prasad further said that the government is in touch with the banking system to reinforce their architecture.

The RBI's instructions follow malware incidents across the world that have attacked computer systems and blocked crucial data, according to a report in The Times of India.

This morning Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) in a special webcast came out with a list of guidance to ward off the Wannacry virus which encrypts the files on infected old Windows system and spreads by exploiting vulnerabilities.

The cyber criminals have demanded a fee of about United States dollars 300 (approximately Rs 19,000) in crypto-currencies like Bitcoin for unlocking the device.

As per the advisory issued by CERT-In, the ransomware infects other computers on the same network and is also spreading through malicious attachments to e-mails. It infected computers running on older versions of Microsoft operating systems like XP, locking access to files on the computer.

Cyber criminals are demanding a fee of about United States dollars 300 in crypto-currencies like Bitcoin for unlocking affected devices.

CERT-In today said it has not received any formal report of cyber attack on India's vital networks by the crippling global ransomware, Wanna Cry.


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