Nearly $53k in Bitcoin Ransoms Paid with WannaCry Ransomware

An audacious global cyberattack that saw large institutions and companies in 150 countries affected has received nearly $53,000 in ransom demands being paid, since the attack took place, last Friday.

The malicious malware, known as WannaCry or WannaCrypt, targeted around 75,000 computers with countries such as the U.K., the U.S., Russia, Spain, France, Japan and Taiwan infected after a flaw was exploited in Microsoft Windows. It’s reported that this flaw, known as EternalBlue, was a leaked National Security Agency (NSA) tool that hacker group Shadow Brokers had dumped earlier this year, reports Forbes. However, while Microsoft released a patch for it on March 14, it appears that those running on older versions of Windows such as XP, saw many organizations failing to install the patch, leaving them vulnerable.

The cyberattack, which started in London, saw the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) affected by the ransomware, which saw many hospitals sending patients away after reporting that countless organizations in Britain had been targeted. In England, 47 NHS trusts had issues

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