WannaCry ransomware cripples Delhi publishing firm; demands up to $1000 ransom in bitcoin

A publishing firm in New Delhi has fallen victim to the WannaCry ransomware which crippled thousands of computer systems across the world back in May. The ransomware attack in May was listed as one of the world's largest cyber attacks in history.

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As reported by Indian Express, Rachna Sagar Private Limited stated that they were locked out of as more than 200 computers at the national capital. A complaint was registered at Darya Ganj police station following the attack and the matter was under investigation. However, data was yet to be recovered from the affected systems.

An update to the report also stated sources claiming that the hackers have locked the firm out of its own data from April. Employees now fear using net banking facilities which they fear has being compromised by hackers.

The ransomware was first noticed by employees on 9 August who realized that they were unable to log in to their user accounts. The employees reported the matter to the IT department who discovered that the systems had fallen prey to the ransomware.

IT staff later found a message left by the hackers demanding a ransom ranging between $800-1000 in Bitcoin. Financial Times later reported the publishing firm's use of the accounting software 'Busy' where employees are required to log in for accounting purposes.

The attack has left the publishing company crippled since the data in the affected systems have a direct bearing on the firm's billing processes.


Published Date: Aug 17, 2017 07:16 pm | Updated Date: Aug 17, 2017 07:16 pm