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October 22, 2020: Covid vaccine-maker Dr Reddy Laboratories hit by cyber-attack

Pharmaceutical company Dr Reddy's, which is developing a Covid-19 vaccine, stated it has been hit by a cyber-attack. Sites around the world have been affected, including those in the UK, Brazil, India, Russia and the US. The India-based company said it had isolated all of its data centre services to contain the attack. The attack came only days after the pharmaceutical company was gearing up for a phase 2/3 clinical trial of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V, after gaining the trial go-ahead from Indian regulators last week.

April 10, 2022: Oil India Ltd. Hackers Demand US$7.5M Ransom Payment

A cyberattack on Oil India Limited (OIL) led the energy giant to disable its IT systems at its headquarters in Assam’s Dibrugarh district. OIL server, network and other related services are affected. OIL spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika told ET, "data is secured, as per protocol, we disabled our systems. Infected computers are being checked. Our SAP is running and hence operations are going on smoothly. " He added, "our IT department will restore computers phase wise. Computers are put out of lan (local area network). Our drilling activities are going on without interruption. "

A senior police official said that it was Russian malware planted from a server in Nigeria. The cyber attacker has demanded US$ 7500000 as a ransom through a note from the infected PC.

June 21, 2022: Indian Flood Monitoring System Targeted by Hackers

A Ransomware attack hit Goa’s flood monitoring system according to the Hindustan Times, which reports that the state government’s water resources department that maintains the data said that all its files have been encrypted and can no longer be accessed.

The data center server in Panaji stores the data of 15 flood monitoring systems on major rivers in the Goa region, as part of disaster management and flood control. Access is unavailable to data relating to batteries and to real time monsoon activity.

Reports are in that the servers of Flood Monitoring System were hit by the file-encrypting malware on June 21st,2022 and the hackers are demanding BTC in double-digit figures to free data from encryption. The department reportedly has no dedicated IT staff or security professional to react to such situations. Officials are not interested in paying a ransom to hackers and are sure to recover the locked-up data by other means.

May 24, 2022: SpiceJet’s (Low Cost Airline in India) Systems and Operations impacted by Ransomware Attack

Low-cost Indian airline SpiceJet has informed its customers today of an attempted ransomware attack that has impacted some of its systems and caused delays on flight departures. According to the announcement published on the airline's social media channels, its IT team managed to thwart the attack, so everything is back to normal operational status. However, multiple customer reports on Twitter and Facebook still reflect ongoing problems, highlighting flight delays, saying that customer service via phone is unreachable, and the bookings system remains unavailable. BleepingComputer confirmed at the time of writing that only the homepage of SpiceJet was working, while most underlying systems and webpages failed to load.

In 2021, SpiceJet went through severe financial trouble result of grounding its fleet due to COVID-19 restrictions. It is easy to assume that this dire financial situation didn't leave much margin for investing in cybersecurity and incident response, which might be what allowed the ransomware actors in this case to launch a successful attack. (reports Bleepingcomputer.com - link below)

October 16, 2021: Acer Hit in Cyber Attack

After attackers infiltrated Acer’s servers in India, the company’s Taiwan office fell victim to a breach this past weekend.
On October 16, Desorden hackers said they obtained login details belonging to employees of Acer’s Taiwanese branch. That came three days after the attack group breached Acer India’s servers. The attack group apparently found vulnerabilities on Acer’s Malaysian and Indonesian network as well, according to a report with Privacy Affairs.

February 21, 2021: Air India: Hack Leaked Passengers’ Data

Personal data of an unspecified number of travelers has been compromised after a company that serves India’s national carrier was hacked, Air India said.
The hackers were able to access 10 years’ worth of data including names, passport and credit card details from the Atlanta-based SITA Passenger Service System, Air India said in a statement Friday.

October 29, 2019: India Nuke Hit By Malware

A day after officials at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) in Tamil Nadu, India, denied a cyberattack on its systems, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), the administrative governing body for nuclear power plants in the country, said “malware” was in one of their systems.
The NPCIL said Wednesday only an administrative system was infected by malware and the plant’s control systems were not affected. But others are saying there was domain controller level access achieved and mission critical targets hit.

January 1, 2006: Power Network Survives Virus Attack

WIZARD SPIDER is a sophisticated eCrime group that has been operating the Ryuk ransomware since August 2018, targeting large organizations for a high-ransom return. This methodology, known as “big game hunting,” signals a shift in operations for WIZARD SPIDER. This actor is a Russia-based criminal group known for the operation of the TrickBot banking malware that had focused primarily on wire fraud in the past.

January 1, 2011: Control system failure caused phosphine leak

WIZARD SPIDER is a sophisticated eCrime group that has been operating the Ryuk ransomware since August 2018, targeting large organizations for a high-ransom return. This methodology, known as “big game hunting,” signals a shift in operations for WIZARD SPIDER. This actor is a Russia-based criminal group known for the operation of the TrickBot banking malware that had focused primarily on wire fraud in the past.

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