‘Akira’ Attack

Context: The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has issued a warning about a new internet ransomware virus called ‘Akira,’. About Akira:
  • Akira is a malicious software designed to target both Windows and Linux-based systems.
  • It steals vital personal information and encrypts data leading to extortion of money from people.
  • In case a victim refuses to pay, their data is leaked on the dark web blog.
  • Prevention: Users should enforce strong password policies and multi-factor authentication (MFA) and avoid applying updates/patches available in any unofficial channel.
About Ransomware:
  • Ransomware is a computer malware that infects and blocks users from using their own data and system and they can get it back against a pay-off.
  • CERT-In is the national nodal agency for responding to computer security incidents as and when they occur.
  • Mandate:
    • Collection, analysis and dissemination of information on cyber incidents.
    • Forecast and alerts of cyber security incidents
    • Emergency measures for handling cyber security incidents
    • Coordination of cyber incident response activities.
 News Source: The Hindu

Leave a Comment