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China warns of new ransomware virus

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Chinese authorities have warned computer users of a new ransomware virus detected abroad.

The National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center (CVERC) and software company AsiaInfo today detected the "UIWIX" virus, which is spreading in a way similar to the "WannaCry" ransomware.

The new virus uses a bug in the Windows operating system, and infects computers by renaming files after encryption, said Chen Jianmin, standing deputy head of the CVERC.

The renamed files usually carry the extension '.UIWIX'.

No infections have been confirmed in so far, and the CVERC is undertaking technical analysis on the virus, while keeping an eye on possible infections, state-run Xinhua agency reported.

has issued a security update to address the vulnerability, Chen said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, May 17 2017. 22:22 IST