How could the cyber world forget the date 15th May 2017! The world was severely attacked by cyber criminals. The toll was massive. Right from hospitals to airports, telecom to computer systems of around 100 countries suffered badly. And all this happened without any symptoms.
As per news reports, 102 computer systems of Andhra Pradesh police were hacked. The malware reportedly halted production at a Nissan-Renault Alliance plant on the outskirts of Chennai, but the company did not comment on the issue.
According to a TOI news report, this cyber attack was carried out using a malware called Wanna Decryptor or WannaCry. This is a “ransomware”, a digital extortion system that locks down systems by encrypting the data on it, only to decrypt and release it back for a ransom amount.
Indian ATMs run on Windows XP, which has been discontinued by Microsoft long back. And when this kind of attack happens there is no return as even Microsoft has NO support available.