Ransomware attack: Andhra Pradesh police, firms hit; CERT issues advisory

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Nearly a dozen companies in India and about 18 computers of the Andhra Pradesh (AP) police were affected in the global ransomware attack, which was first detected on Friday and spread across the globe on Saturday. Government and private cybersecurity experts were pressed into service to decrypt the affected systems.

Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has issued an advisory on what precaution to take and update security for computers and servers. It was working closely with various nodal agencies to assess vulnerabilities in government systems.

The biggest impact so far has been on computers used by the Andhra Pradesh police — 18 units across five districts, including Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam, have been hit. Private cybersecurity firms have reported instances of computers being locked because of the ransomware attacks in Gujarat, as well as Mumbai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore and Bengaluru.
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