WannaCry; RBI asks banks not to run ATMs without software update

WannaCry; RBI asks banks not to run ATMs without software update

WannaCry; RBI asks banks not to run ATMs without software update

After infecting over two lakh computers and crippling life in 150 countries, the global ransomware attack continued for the third day on Monday, with more reports of hacking pouring in from India, China and Japan as offices re-opened after a tumultuous weekend. "We have been in touch with Microsoft and others.even they have not got any reports", Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), director general, Sanjay Bahl told PTI.

It has been reported that a new ransomware "WannaCry" is spreading widely, RBI advisory to the banks said. Wannacry encrypts the files on infected Windows systems.

In a separate malware attack past year, 3.2 lakh debit cards were compromised in the country.

Home Ministry sources said some ATMs, mostly in remote areas in the country and those operating on the MS Windows software, were shut down as a precautionary measure following apprehension that assets can be targeted.

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India has asked all banks to put in place a software update at ATMs to prevent their systems from a malware that has attacked payment systems across the world.

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There are a total of 2.2 lakh ATMs in India, of which few may be running on old Windows XP.

"WannaCry" has disrupted networks in over 150 countries, including Russian Federation and the United Kingdom, and is being termed as one of the most widespread cyberattacks in the history. The cyber criminals have demanded a fee of about United States dollars 300 in crypto-currencies like Bitcoin for unlocking the device.

WannaCry, the ransomware cyber attack that has affected computers worldwide has made its way to India, affecting states like West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Kerala.

"Ransomware attack appears to be causing glitches at many ATMs that work on Random Access Memory (RAM)".

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