Intel company created an online map showing how computers are being affected all around the world. The spread of WannaCrypt virus (also called WannaCry) began during the day of May 12, according to Meduza.
Span was hit among the first countries; then the victims became largest telecommunication company Telefónica, Gas Natural company, Iberdrola multinational electric utility company, Santander bank and the office of KPMG consulting company. Hackers also attacked computers of British health care system, Meduza reports.
Tens of thousands of computers were infected worldwide.
The earlier version of WannaCrypt virus became known in February 2017. It works only on Windows operating system. As Motherboard writes, the vulnerability used by the virus is similar to the one used by the US National Security Agency. Hackers recently published several existing tools of NSA to exploit this vulnerability, and it seems like other hackers took advantage to create ransomware virus.
Microsoft fixed the vulnerability used by virus in March. Windows website published the message urging users to update to the latest version. All affected people apparently failed to do so. The virus encrypts all data on the computer and demands a ransom.
The message in each country appears in its native language. The amount of money is the same everywhere — 300 US dollars in bitcoins.
As it was reported, large-scale cyber attack disabled tens of thousands of computers all around the world on May 12.