A computer malware that has spread across 150 countries appears to be slowing down, with few reports of fresh attacks globally on Monday.
Barring sporadic incidents in a few states, most institutions and industries across India continue to remain insulated from the effects of the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware cyberattack that has affected computers in approximately 100 countries worldwide.
NEW DELHI: The Ransomware WannaCry virus had a minimal effect on India, even though “isolated incidents” were reported from Kerala and Bengal, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. In Kerala, one of the most digitized states of India, half-a-dozen computers across two districts — Waynand and Patanamthitta — were affected. In Bengal, some computers of the state electricity discom were hit. Precautions had been taken on a war footing in telecom, power and aviation sectors to stop the virus that locks data and demands 300 Bitcoins to unlock it.
A spokesperson for police agency Europol said the situation in Europe “seems stable”.
In Asia, where many offices closed before the WannaCry ransomware struck on Friday, the attack has been less severe than expected.
The ransomware takes over users’ files, demanding $300 (£230) to restore them.
The White House said on Monday that under $70,000 (£54,000) had been paid in total in a bid to get any locked data released.
Payments could go up as the ransomware warned the cost would double after three days, and threatened to delete files within seven days if no payment was made.