Has IIT Madras been hit by ransomware that is holding all their research data hostage?

Parvathi Benu

Students at IIT Madras, the top-ranked institution in the country by the NIRF, are petrified that they have lost all their data, after a suspected ransomware attack on the institute’s internet and Command and Control servers since Wednesday. Even though the institute says that it has a back-up for everything on the email servers, some students are concerned that they have not got their data back without paying the ransom. One of the top academic and research institutes in the country, IIT Madras has been working on a number of government-funded projects, the latest being the development of new technology to revolutionise the way we vote.

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