Ransomware strikes again, businessman’s personal computer hit

A fortnight after a ransomware attack was reported on some Indian computers, a complaint of a similar attack has been lodged by a Vasna businessman, Sandeep Shah, at the cyber cell of the city crime branch.Shah has said that he found a message on his office computers that data had been encrypted and a demand of bitcoins worth Rs 1.68 lakh was made to decrypt the data.

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Shah trades in glass and has an office in Ambavadi and a manufacturing unit in Kheda. “The computers at the Ambavadi office are connected to the ones in Kheda,” said a cyber cell official. “Account transactions from 2009 to 2013 are stored in the computers.”
On June 5, Shah tried to switch on his computer at the Ambavadi office but could not gain access. “He asked his engineer, Jignesh Shah of Nadiad, to check what had gone wrong,” an investigator said. “After checking Jignesh Shah told him that on June 3, somebody has a loaded a file on the server’s computer. When opened, the message displayed was “Your files have been encrypted, to decrypt message on…’.”

Police sources said Jignesh copied the link and sent a message through a social networking site, asking for the files to be decrypted. However, the hackers demanded a ransom. The negotiations ended at Rs 20,000, but in the end Shah decided to lodge a complaint and not to pay the ransom. “We have launched a probe and will be able to track the route of the hacker very soon,” a crime branch official said. During the recent ransomware attacks, about 100 government and several private computers were infected. “The government department were even directed not to use official emails for a stipulated period of time,” a senior police official said.

[Source:- timesofindia]