Wipro receives second threat email, tightens security

Wipro receives second threat email, tightens security

Wipro, India’s third largest IT services company, on Friday said it received a second threat email and has beefed up security on its campus.

The email again warned of an attack with “ricin”, a chemical, if the company failed to pay up the ransom. The police, who received the complaint from the company, said the second mail also came from the same email address — Ramesh2@protonmail.com.

The cyber crime police who registered the case, initially transferred it to the jurisdictional Bellandur police who had not received any leads in the case. The IP address was traced to Switzerland, but could be masked by hackers locally too, the police said.

In a response to DH’s query, the company stated: “Wipro confirms that it has received a second threatening e-mail from an unidentified source. There is no impact on the company's operations. We have no further comments as the investigation is underway.”

Ransom of Rs 500 crore
The first threat e-mail was received on May 6, in which the sender demanded Rs 500 crore in bitcoins failing which he warned of a bio-attack on all its employees.

The company registered a formal complaint with the cyber crime cell of the Bengaluru police. The cyber crime police have registered a case under Section 66 F of the IT Act (cyber terrorism) and investigations are under way.

Though Wipro did not specify the nature of the threat, the company has decided to strengthen security at all its locations.
DH News Service

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