iTWire spoke to Tata Steel's media contact Sarvesh Kumar on Thursday after repeated calls to him on Wednesday, both on a mobile line and a landline, were not answered.
Kumar said he would send a response to an email seeking comment on the alleged attack, which had been sent to him on 6 April. But he has not yet done so.
The email was also forwarded on Wednesday [7 April] to Rob Simpson who is listed on the Tata Steel website as a contact person for the company in Europe. No reply has been received
The TechNadu report said the initial ransom amount had been doubled to US$8 million in the monero cryptocurrency and encryption of files on the Tata Steel site had taken place on 25 March.
Tata Steel, formerly known as Tata Iron and Steel Company, is a subsidiary of the Tata Group. It is based in Jamshedpur in Jharkhand state and headquartered in Mumbai.
The company reported net profits of Rs 2148 crores (US$300 million) in 2020, according to Wikipedia. It had 32,364 employees last year.