Sanjay Katkar, Quick Heal
Sanjay Katkar, Quick Heal

Organisations and corporate networks in over 150 countries including India were crippled by the recent WannaCry ransomware outbreak.

According to IT Security solutions provider, Quick Heal, it detected over 48,000 MS-17- 010 Shadow Broker exploit hits responsible for ‘WannaCry ransomware’ outbreak in India with West Bengal witnessing the most incidents.

Among the attempted attacks by the malicious WannaCry ransomware, 60 percent were targeted towards enterprises and 40 percent towards individual customers. Quick Heal and its enterprise security brand, Seqrite, successfully detected this ransomware activity and cleaned the malicious file responsible for file encryption from all the attacked systems.

The top five cities impacted by the WannaCry ransomware in India are Kolkata followed by Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Pune, and Mumbai. The top five states with maximum detections are West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, NCR (Delhi), and Odisha. The company received over 700 distressed calls regarding the spread of this ransomware.

“Our observation is that the attack is not focused towards any particular industry but it is widely spread across industries especially those organisations which are online and connected. In the last few days, we have received distressed calls from customers belonging to verticals like education, banking, financial, manufacturing, health care and even from few services sectors,” said Sanjay Katkar, MD & CTO, Quick Heal Technologies Limited.

Soon after the ransomware attack was spotted, Quick Heal Security Labs issued an advisory informing the customer on ways to reduce the risk of infection by WannaCry Ransomware. The company recommended that all Microsoft patch updates are applied for vulnerabilities used by this ransomware.