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Ransomware Attack: Many Bangalore ATMs Shut Down

Forget demonetisation, now the new threat of Ransomware Wannacry malware is reportedly behind the shut-down of hundreds of ATMs across Bangalore for the second in a row, while cash is there in these ATMs.

“Ransomware attack appears to be causing glitches at many ATMs that work on RAM and old ATMs are affected by the malware,” SBI Officers’ Association Secretary General R. Ramesh told media.

New ATMs with Microsoft’s Windows 10, however, were not affected by the ransomware as updates have been automatically installed to resist the cyberattack.

Bangalore has 10,000 ATMs but hundreds of them have been lying redundant due to the new crisis. Officials have maintained that the auto-shutdown of ATMs would be rectified soon as there is enough cash.

Bank officials have advised customers to avoid online transactions for sometime. In case of ATM shut-down, they can visit bank branches for cash withdrawal, they said.

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