‘WannaCry’ puts TS on high alert

Netizens told not to open any unknown emails, links, or rare folders.

By Author  |  Published: 13th May 2017  9:18 pmUpdated: 13th May 2017  10:21 pm
Screenshot of the 'WannaCry' affected system. Source: Internet

Hyderabad: The ransomware attack that wreaked havoc across the globe, inflicting millions of computers with suspicious and unidentified viruses, has triggered panic among officials of various government offices here as well, especially those associated with intelligence services. 

Immediately after the news broke out, the Police Department issued an alert to all departments asking the staff to be cautious of unidentified emails and suspicious websites. 

Additional Director General of Police T Krishna Prasad, in charge of Technical Computer Services, told netizens not to open any unknown emails, links, or rare folders since the cyber-attack had seen millions of computers in nearly 100 countries infected with a ransomware virus called WannaCry.

“Cyber extortionists tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job offers, security warnings and other legitimate files,” Prasad said.

He also said the ransomware had encrypted data on the computers demanding payments of USD 300 to USD 600 to restore access. 

“Security researchers said they observed some victims paying via digital currency bitcoin, though they did not know what per cent had given in to the extortionists,” he said, adding that the Telangana State police website was, however, functioning perfectly.

Cybercrime authorities are making all efforts to create awareness among netizens through social media networking sites as well. 

KCS Raghu Vir, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Cybercrime, said after assessing the situation in the country, it was understood that already 30 per cent of computers, including in South India, were infected with the virus. 

“According to information reaching to us, computers with Windows as Operation System (OS) are getting affected. Considering this, we are asking netizens to use Linux OS as it has the capacity to withstand the virus,” he said.