Maharashtra Mantralaya's 150 computers attacked by Locky virus

Posted on:26 May 2016 14:46:35

Maharashtra Mantralaya's 150 computers attacked by Locky virus
26 May 2016 Current Affairs GK: Maharashtra Mantralaya’s 150 computers attacked a malicious software known as Locky ransomware, which blocks access to computers. Officials said the attack targeted files from the revenue and public works departments but the damage was contained before it could spread. 

The government building uses over 5,300 computers. The government has now directed its employees to only use their official ID and not use private e-mail IDs such as Gmail or Yahoo. It has also decided to provide an advisory to employees to exercise caution while using pendrives and CDs procured without authenticating sources.

Whether it is the Government of India or Maharashtra government, there is a rule to operate on official ID. 

Maintaining that all central data of the entire government across departments was safe - See .The quick action taken by the IT department to detect the problems helped to save other systems from the virus attack. However, the 150 computers will be subjected to forensic tests. 

Locky Virus : Locky is a ransomware email-worm program that is contained within a Microsoft Word document sent by email (in either Microsoft Outlook or Office 365) to thousands of computers, pretending to be an invoice of a company and making use of social-engineering tactics to lure victims into installing the ransomware as well as the enabling of "macros" if the file attached is unreadable (it will always be unreadable), once the file is opened. It is reported to have done 4000 new infections per hour and approximately 100,000 infections per day with most of the infections happening in Germany and the Netherlands.

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