Ransomware virus hits state-owned ‘Insurance Company’

ISLAMABAD: Malicious software Ransomware reportedly infiltrated computers of the government-owned insurance company, local media reported on Friday.

An alert was issued across the country soon after the attack.

State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan, an insurance company run by the state, has issued precautionary measures and recommendations to its staffers in order to prevent the organization’s computers from getting infected.

The report said that several computers of various organizations were reportedly under cyber attacks while infiltrating the malicious software to computers of at least three famed hospitals, a cement factory, and an oil refinery company.

Cyber security experts demanded the government to immediately take notice of the cyber attacks and constitute a ‘Cyber Incident Response Committee’.

Meanwhile, the State Bank of Pakistan has directed all commercial banks to upgrade their operating systems and boost security in the computers by updating the anti-ware and virus software to prevent any hacking bid.

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