WanaCrypt0r Ransomware India

Indian Bank ATMs might escape WanaCrypt0r Ransomware Attack that encrypts the data of computers and locks them. But Indian Government ordered all bank to shut down all ATMs which are running old Windows XP.

250,000 ATMs of the country running on Windows XP (unsupported by Microsoft since 2014). Reserve bank of India has decided to stop ATMs running on Windows XP till they get the security patch for the Ransomware.

WanaCrypt0r Ransomware has hit Banks, Hospitals, government agencies across the globe.

Microsoft has released the patch for Windows XP after Ransomware hit more than 75,000 computers in more than 100 countries. This was the first Windows XP security update in last 4 years.

ATM operators, however, say that there is no security threat to account holder’s data on the money. But People are facing problems while withdrawing money from ATMs after the government shut them down.

“Most ATMs in India use white-listing services to eliminate threats from malware and worms within their internal networks. WannaCry doesn’t look like something that will affect the ATMs, unlike personal or corporate endpoints,” said Saket Modi, CEO of Lucideus.

Reserve Bank of India has given the order to banks to update operating system with the latest security patch before they can ATM service again. Some security advisers, advise the government to run ATMs from Windows to Linux operating system because Linux provides better security.

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