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.
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.