Update: Have to abide by the guidelines of CERT-in, says RBI on Monday. State electricity minister Shri Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said that main server of electricity board is safe and has instructed the WBSEDCL managing director to consult experts and implement protective systems that are necessary.
Update: Many ATMs of India were closed due to Ransomware cyber attack. Ministry Keep close eye on this. said on Monday. Already The WannaCry ransomware attack is being reported in some parts of West Bengal. The computers of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution company at Balurghat are suspected to have been hit by this ransomware on Monday. All banks of West Bengal keep close eye on this attack. Many ATMs were closed, as per source but RBI didn’t confirm this right now. Purba, Paschim Midnapore, Balurghat are mostly effected areas.
Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India has asked all banks to put in place a software update at ATMs to prevent their systems from a malware that has attacked payment systems across the world.
The RBI’s instructions follow malware incidents across the world that have attacked computer systems and blocked crucial data, according to a report in The Times of India.
“RBI has asked banks to update specific Windows patches on ATMs urgently and not to operate ATM machines unless updates are in place,” TOI quoted an official with a public sector bank as saying.
The report adds that automated teller machines are highly vulnerable to such malware attacks as they presently run on old version of Windows operating system thus making a software update a necessary exercise.
There are a total of 2.25 lakh ATMs in country of which 60 per cent run on the outdated Windows XP, the report said. Microsoft, maker of Windows software, has said that it has released a special update of the software.