February 26, 2021

Wipro increases security at all offices after second threatening e-mail

IT major Wipro today said it has reinforced security measures at all its office locations after receiving a second threat email, but there was no impact on the company’s operations.
“Wipro confirms that it has received a second threatening e-mail…. There is no impact on the company’s operations,” the company said in a statement here.
However, Wipro did not specify the nature of the threat.
Additional Commissioner of Police Hemant Nimbalkar confirmed reports that someone for the second time had sent an e-mail demanding Rs 500 crore in bitcoin and threatened a bio-attack on employees.
“This is the second time Wipro has received the threatening mail. An anonymous sender is demanding Rs 500 crore in bitcoin and threatening a bio attack on employees,” he said.
Earlier last month, Wipro had said it had received a threatening mail from an unidentified source and filed a complaint with the local law enforcement authorities.
After that threat mail, the company had augmented security at all its office locations.
Last month, the country’s third largest software services firm fired hundreds of employees as part of its annual “performance appraisal”.
According to sources, Wipro showed the door to about 600 employees, while speculation was rife that the number could go as high as 2,000. At the end of December 2016, the Bengaluru-based company had over 1.79 lakh employees.
When contacted, Wipro said it undertakes a “rigorous performance appraisal process” on a regular basis to align its workforce with business objectives, strategic priorities of the company, and client requirements