India Issues Red Alert as WannaCry Ransomware Hits Sporadically

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India’s cybersecurity agency has issued a public ‘critical alert’ asking Indians not to pay a bitcoin ransom if struck by the notorious ‘WannaCry’ ransomware strain that has hit over a hundred countries around the world.

The Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), India’s cybercrime agency tasked to combat hacking and phishing while bolstering the nation’s cyber defenses has reportedly issued a red-colored ‘critical alert’ following the spread of WannaCry.

The agency is urging Indian victims to avoid paying the ransom and contact law enforcement for support.

“Individuals or organizations are not encouraged to pay the ransom, as this does not guarantee files will be released. Report such instances of fraud to CERT-In and law enforcement agencies,” the cybersecurity authority stated.

The ransomware threat is particularly predominant in the country, where nearly 60% of Indians use pirated software, according to a 2015 survey. A sizable portion of small and medium industries in the country continue to

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