The government has asked international software system giant Microsoft to produce a “one-time special” discount to its users in India, therefore, they’re going to move to the most recent software package (OS) and keep protected against malware and ransomware attacks.
“We have asked Microsoft to produce a one-time special rating, therefore people are able to replace their previous OS with the most recent OS (Windows 10),” National Cyber Security authority Gulshan Rai told PTI.
The response from Microsoft has been positive and that they have in agreement in-principle, he added.
While the rating discount continues to be beneath discussion, the govt. would love it to be Rs 1,000 or lower, Mr. Rai aforesaid adding that the concept is to make sure that folks are able to upgrade their systems within the wake of ransomware attacks. Microsoft didn’t reply to email queries.
Windows ten home is presently on the market for concerning Rs 8,000, whereas the skilled version prices concerning Rs 13,000. millions of computers in India operate Windows software. However, solely a tiny low portion of this can be high-powered by the newest Windows ten OS.
Piracy is additionally rampant within the country, that makes users at risk of cyberattacks as they are doing not receive security patches in India.
Earlier in the week, ‘Petya’ ransom ware hit one in every of the terminals at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and partly noncontinuous operations of personal port operator APM Terminals Pipavav. In May, another ransomware WannaCry had affected systems in over one hundred countries, together with India.
Once infected by the ransomware, the systems are latched and a ransom is demanded — typically in cryptocurrency like Bitcoins — to recover the files. However, it’s not clear whether or not the systems are decrypted once the payment is created.