Bangladesh has not yet been affected by the latest cyberattack that has spread ransomeware virus around the globe, authorities concerned told the Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the government has announced security measures to keep both personal and corporate computer systems safe from the attack.
The latest bout of the cyberattack took place on Tuesday, in which Russia and Ukraine were affected the worst, according to international reports.
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Tanvir Hasan Zoha, adviser at the Crime Research and Analysis Foundation (CRAF), said they had not yet received any report of computers being affected by the latest ransomware in the country.
National Data Centre Director Tareq Barkatullah said: “As of today [Wednesday], computers in any ministry, department of organisation have not been affected by the latest attack.”
Tareq further said Tuesday's attack was similar to the previous cyberattack, so the treatment would be the same.
He suggested a visit to the government's cirt.gov.bd website for information on the ransomware attack.
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The previous global cyberattack
, which took place in May, affected around 200,000 people and 100,000 organisations in around 150 countries – including Bangladesh where at least 30 computers were affected.
To keep safe from cyberattacks, the ICT Division under the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology has requested computer users in the country to update their operating systems on a regular basis and keep automatic update of the OS functional.
Furthermore, the ICT Division advised against opening any web links and emails sent by unknown sources, especially from the affected countries.
CRAF Adviser Tanvir said both the government and private organisations should maintain “digital hygiene”.
“We do not have any official information about the ransomware attack, but we may get updated news in a few days as the public and private offices have reopened after the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays. If there is a problem, we should not hide it; it is better if these problems are disclosed and discussed for our betterment in the long run,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.