Global cyber security firm Trend Micro says no incidents involving 'Locky' have been reported in India till date. According to Trend Micro, the ransomware is not likely to be on the scale of 'Wannacrypt' and 'Petya' ransomware that relied on Microsoft vulnerability in Windows XP.
The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has issued an alert on its website about the new Locky ransomware which spreads through spam emails. So, what is Locky ransomware, how does it spread, and how can we protect our computer from ransomware?
Locky, a deadly "ransomware" has hit India. State-run Indian Computer Emergency Response Team(CERT-in) has issued an advisory on the spreading of Locky ransonware in the country, urging users to not open any emails with attachments from unknown senders.
The hackers' collective, calling itself The Binary Guardians, targeted the portals for the government, the supreme court and the legislature, among others. The sites for private companies were also affected, including subscription TV service DirecTV and telephone provider Digital.
Cyber attack details have been disclosed since demonetisation. Despite the RBI guidelines being set to ward off such attempts, 50 have been acknowledged by the Government. These attacks could affect all modes of digital payment in the coming future.
Ukraine and Russia appeared hardest hit by the new strain of ransomware — malicious software that locks up computer files with all-but-unbreakable encryption and then demands a ransom for its release. In the United States, the malware affected companies such as the drugmaker Merck and Mondelez International.