More worrying than the global cyber attack was the fact that the old Windows XP version, which became a weak connection, was used by 70% of the Indian ATMs, the inflexible information systems around the world.
Their control is related to the vendors offering these systems to the bank. Microsoft has discontinued support for Windows XP (security patches and other tools) in 2014. However, on Saturday, Microsoft announced updates for older systems. “We’ve made updates for Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003, given the potential impact of customers and companies,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.
The founder of ID Ransomware, Michael Gillespie said that “Since Friday, I got an unusually high number of submissions from India since Friday which I diagnosed as WannaCry. “I have received about 24 applications from India-based IPs that have been identified as WannaCryptor since yesterday, quite low compared to other countries, but very high for senders from India”. He also added that their statistics correspond only to web site uploaders and are not indicative of the total number of victims he said.
The Ranchi-based NGO Peace Foundation (CPF), which conducts a research project to monitor cadaver attacks, claimed that it saw an almost 56-fold increase in its attempts to breach sensors installed in eight states in the country. These sensors, called “honey cuddles”, allow the cyber attackers to observe and inspect them. CPF founding director Vineet Kumar said that the number of attacks on honey beatings in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, UP, Jharkhand and Rajasthan increased 56 times.
The assailants and “cyber-reasoning” point to the dimension of the problem in India. According to CERT-In, in the last 12-14 months, about 11,000 networks in India have been victims of hacking / scanning by hackers or cybercriminals. Browsing and probing are the first steps used by hackers to test water, and malicious software or ransom software is often added.