The much popular WannaCry ransomware malware, which has affected over 150 countries now, is appearing to be slowing down, with only few reports of new attacks across the world on Monday. The situation in Europe looks stable, said a spokesperson for police agency Europol.
The malware is less severe than before
The cyber-attack has been less severe than anticipated in Asia where several offices closed before the WannaCry ransomware struck on Friday. The ransomware, which takes over the files and other data of users, demands over $300 or £230 to restore them. According to Elliptic Labs, only over $50,000 or £39,000 has been paid by the unlucky victims so far. Elliptic Labs is a company that tracks illicit use of the internet currency Bitcoin.
The payment may, however, increase in some time as the ransomware has warned that the cost of restoring the files would double after three days. Further, the malware has warned that it will delete all the files and other data of the user if the payment is not made within seven days.
According to the Redmond-based Windows maker, the attack that has affected hundreds of thousands of computers using Windows should serve as a wake-up call. The major organizations across the world that have been targeted by the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack are Spanish telecommunications operator Telefonica, Russia’s interior ministry, Germany’s rail network Deutsche Bahn, and US logistics giant FedEx.
The situation looks stable in Europe – Europol Spokesperson
Over the weekend, several companies have employed experts to attempt to prevent new infections. In an interview to the AFP news agency, Jan Op Gen Oorth, the senior spokesman for Europol, said, “The number of victims appears not to have gone up and so far the situation seems stable in Europe, which is a success.” Further, Gen Oorth added that it looks like a lot of internet ‘security guys’ did their homework over the weekend and ran the security software updates.
Jeremy Hunt, the UK Health Minister, confirmed to news outlet ‘the BBC’ that the UK intelligence services had found no evidence of a second wave of attacks on Monday. Seven out of 47 National Health Service trusts that were hit were facing serious problems even now, said the badly affected NHS. Renault’s plant in the northern town of Douai would not be opening on Monday as the plant dealt with the malware, said the France-based car making giant.