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WannaCry ransomware: few incidents reported on Monday, as many continue to be vulnerable

The WannaCry ransomware was expected to affect several more computers on Monday, since that's when most businesses and government organisations turned their PCs on for the first time after the attack started on Friday evening. Few instances of the ransomware seem to have been reported, however. Two reasons are possible for this. The first is that there has been no 'second wave' of the ransomware ever since the blogger named MalwareTech accidentally halted the spread of the attack. The second is that many businesses and government organizations are running unlicensed (pirated) copies of Windows, and are therefore reluctant to report the attack, as some analysts pointed out. Read: WannaCry ransomware rips through computers globally; CERT-in webinar reiterates advisory Who's been hit The Cabinet Secretariat, which houses the Prime Minister's Office, and the ministries of home affairs, external affairs, defence, and finance, told MediaNama that it was not affected by the attack. Responding to an RTI application, the Secretariat said that "all the necessary Firewalls are in place in Cabinet Secretariat." The RBI has apparently issued an advisory that ATMs running out-of-date Windows operating systems need to remain closed until they're updated. Note that this could not be independently verified: there is no such notice on the RBI website. An Ernst & Young consultant told Mint that a public sector banks ATMs had been affected by the attack. Many ATMs run Windows, so they're vulnerable to the attack. Note that this doesn't translate into a risk to overall financial security, since the malware encrypts and locks…

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