Europol: WannaCry attack hit record 200,000 targets

World 5/14/2017, 6:09 PM
Europol: WannaCry attack hit record 200,000 targets

According to data compiled by the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, the latest worldwide cyberattack affected computers in 150 countries, at an "unprecedented" scope. There were at least 200,000 victims, and more targets may feel the impact at the start of the workweek, said Rob Wainwright, the head of the institution, better known as Europol. Russia and the United Kingdom were among the worst hit by the so-called WannaCry ransomware, which was unleashed on May 12, he added in an interview with the BBC on Sunday. The Kremlin's Ministry of Internal affairs and Britain's National Health Service have been quick to acknowledge they suffered damage.

A successful penetration into one system means the worm application will "quickly spread across the networks," Wainwright warned. The newest campaign was conducted with an upgraded version of the bug, he said and noted entities including Deutsche Bahn, Telefonica and FedEx were also hit.

Michael Fallon, the UK's secretary of state for defence, stated the government set £50 million for the strengthening of NHS's system, particularly to decrease the exposure to Windows XP.

TeleTrader Newsroom / IT

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