New Delhi, May 15: “WannaCry” ransomware that took down the computer systems across the world, Reserve Bank of India RBI has directed the banks to operate their ATMs only after updating the Windows to protect them from malware impacting systems.
One of the bank officials said that “RBI has asked banks to update specific Windows patches on ATMs urgently and not to operate ATM machines unless updates are in place.” “The objective of ransomware is to shut down critical information in networks and prevent access to this data. In the case of ATMs, there is no data stored in the machine. Neither is there storage of any kind of logic that will block transactions. Even if a machine were to get affected it can be reformatted and put to use immediately,” Manohar Bhoi, President at Electronic Payments and Services said.
Over 60% of the 2.25 lakh ATMs in the country run on the outdated Windows XP. Microsoft has issued a statement saying that it has developed and released a special update for Windows XP. The ransomware – Wanna Cry infected computers running on older versions of Microsoft operating systems like XP, locking access to files on the computer and encrypted all the data stored on the hard drives. In lieu of decrypting the data, Wanna Cry demanded payment in bitcoin, a crypto-currency. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had instructed the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (ICERT or CERT-In) to gather information about it.