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India says its computer systems safe, software patches installed

STORY: India said on Monday (May 15) its computer systems have largely escaped a massive global ransomware attack, and that state organisations managing government websites and building supercomputers have installed security patches issued by Microsoft Corp.

The cyber attack that shut car factories, hospitals, shops and schools over the weekend has been less severe than anticipated in Asia, but industry professionals have flagged potential risks in the future.

Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad allayed fears saying that the damage was limited to only a few places in southern provinces of Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.

A power distribution company in eastern West Bengal province was also affected by the malware.

On Friday (May 12), 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.

Organizations hit by the attacks, which lock up computer systems until the victims pay a ransom, included Britain’s National Health Service, French car manufacturer Renault, and Spain’s Telefonica.

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