In emerging economies like India where the government is undertaking large scale digital initiatives and schemes, security has become a major concern. Cyber experts believe that the damage done by WannaCry ransomware is an issue of under-reported magnitude.
The use of pirated and outdated software is rampant among Indian users as well mid-size and small IT organizations. Fearing licensing issues, a huge number of these incidents will not be reporting the losses, concludes expert opinion on the latest cyber attack.
According to the Centre’s instruction to CERT-IN (Computer Emergency Response Team), “all the information of reported ransomware” have been collected into a report. Many of the cases across the country were isolated but the wave of attacks certainly shows that the impact to India is certainly a caution alarm.
The report states these places as worst hit by WannaCry:
1. 10% of Vadodara’s total computers in the District Administration Collectorate Office.
2. Computers in Panchayat offices of Wayanad and Pathanamthitta districts in Kerala.
3. 120 computers connected with Gujarat State Wide Area Network in Gujarat.
4. 18 systems of Andhra Pradesh Police Department.
5. Systems in the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Shrine in Andhra Pradesh.
6. Computers of the Personnel Department of the Southern Railways’ Palakkad Division.
7. Computers in several locations of the Police Department of Maharashtra.
8. Many attacks happened in computers across Kerala and Tamil Nadu.