Post- ‘critical alert’ against the WannaCry attack -- Ransomware virus has forced the city-based companies, government and law enforcement agencies to update their antivirus systems and upgrade their systems to protect the data from the virus.
No complaint with regard to the malware has so far been received, yet cyber cells of Chandigarh and Punjab have issued warnings to the departments concerned .
“We are updating our anti-virus system and scanning is being done to ensure there is no threat,” said a senior official, who did not wish to be named, of a law-enforcing agency in Chandigarh.
“We have asked the organisations to educate their employees not to open any mail which has attachments “.exe” file,” said Rashmi Sharma Yadav, deputy superintendent of police (DSP), cyber cell, Chandigarh police.
The malware affects severs and not individuals. Already, India’s cyber security agency, Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), has issued a red-coloured ‘critical alert’ in connection with the WannaCry attack and not to pay ransom. The Ransomware virus had stopped car factories, hospitals, shops and schools in over 75 countries.
“The Ransomware virus is a virus that affects computer systems and locks up the files on your computer and encrypts them in a way that you cannot access them anymore,” said Harinder Singh Sekhon, in-charge, cyber cell.
He added, “Ransomware is a programme that gets into your computer only by downloading and it will ask you to pay ransom in Bitcoins. However, paying the ransom is no guarantee that the files will be retrieved, thus a warning has been issued not to pay ransom.”
“For individuals, the only advice is ‘do not open files from unknown sources,” added Sekhon.
•Mails or messages carrying attachment “.exe” are not to be opened
•Ensure the windows being used are licensed.
•Download or open files only from authentic source.
•Ensure that your antivirus is running and is updated
•Do not download/run any attachment from sources that you do not know
•In case there is a request for patching your system, please patch it immediately.
•In case of restart request post-patch, please reboot your system
•Backup your personal files over a secondary backup device.