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Ransomware threat: No serious impact in India

On Monday, the Centre said that India is not a victim of the ransomware attack, adding that the government is keeping a very close watch to ensure that these attacks can be addressed in an effective manner.

“As far as this cyber issue is concerned, the Government of India is keeping a very strong watch on it. As per our information up to date, there have been isolated incidents in very limited areas in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. But we have been updating our whole security measures since March itself, software has been installed,” Union Minister of Information and Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Further adding that the government is in sync with the banking system to reinforce their architecture. “All these things have led to the current situation that India is not at all the victim of the attack in the manner the other countries of the world are facing today,” he added.

“We have given advisories to all the bodies to have a cyber auditor, cyber drills, and various campaigns. I want to assure the country that we are doing our best and India is an important digital power,” Prasad said.

Notably, cyber expert Pawan Duggal declared that Ransomware attack is a prominent attack in the human history and India is completely unprepared for this.

“The recent Ransomware attack has taken the world by storm but it is also the biggest Ransomware attack in the human history. The nations and the stakeholders will have to be prepared for the cyber security and resilience. India as a nation is thoroughly unprepared to deal with such kind of cyber attacks,” Duggal said. He further suggested government to quickly imply dedicated cyber-security legislations in India.

“Currently the requirement is a proactive political way and immediate actions so as to contain the damage which is going to be happening by this attack,” he added.

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