WannaCry ransomware attack: Maharashtra Govt helpline gets 282 calls on day one

That includes lost productivity and the cost of conducting forensic investigations and restoration of data, said Steve Morgan, founder and editor-in-Chief of Cybersecurity Ventures.

Prasad said a cyber coordination centre will start operating from next month to take precautions against such attacks in future. Tens of thousands of computers in abou...

To prepare for fallout with customers, Judson Althoff, a Microsoft executive vice president, sent an email to the company's field sales team Sunday encouraging them to be supportive of businesses targeted by the attack, or even those who were simply aware of it.

Earlier on Monday, the country's leading security firm BKAV told Xinhua that hundreds of computers in Vietnam have been infected with WannaCry ransomeware which is spreading all over the world. Indeed, security companies saw their stock price rise after news of the hack. "As of now, the ransom, which hackers have collected, has gone upto $50,000".

The result paralyzed the computers of massive organizations across the globe and demanded an unlocking ransom of $300 in bitcoins. Recovery from backups is one of them.

There may have been many losers due to the rapid spread of the WannaCry ransomware, but security companies aren't on that list: Shares in companies that specialize in cybersecurity surged in trading Monday.

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What versions of Windows are affected?

The NCSC has said that the way these attacks work means that compromises of machines and networks that have already occurred may not yet have been detected, and that existing infections from the malware can spread within networks. It locks the user out in order to prevent them from accessing any saved files until they pay a certain amount of money. In February, a Los Angeles hospital paid about $17,000 worth of bitco...

The VNCERT said the ransomware is extremely risky as it is capable of stealing information and decrypting the entire system that has been infected. "This is the first one that we have seen ... that has been able to attack computers directly with this kind of success".

The source of the attack is a worrisome issue for the U.S. government because the software is based on cyber-tools developed by the National Security Agency (NSA).

The IT ministry has also reached out to agencies such as RBI, NPCI and UIDAI, to warn them about the risks associated with WannaCry, and help secure their systems, to make sure that digital payments in India are not affected.

"When you are talking about patching with large corporations, it's not a question of do we patch or do we not patch", said John Miller, head of Threat Intelligence at security firm FireEye.

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