Last updated: July 24, 2023, 4:35 PM IST
The government has warned about a ransomware called “Akira” that steals important information and encrypts data, leading to extortion.
CERT-In, the government’s technology arm that protects against cyber-attacks, has issued an advisory on “Akira”, a computer malware targeting Windows and Linux-based systems.
It said it steals information and then encrypts data on their systems. Once this is done, the malware performs double extortion, forcing the victim to pay the ransom amount.
“If the victim does not pay, they will release their victim’s details on their dark web blog,” the advisory said.
CERT-In therefore suggested that Internet users should use basic online hygiene and protection protocols to protect themselves against such attacks. It also advised users to back up critical data offline and keep it up to date, to prevent loss in an attack.
The technology branch also advised users to follow a strong password policy.
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