Global Cyber Attack 'Ransomware' Costed The World USD 70,000

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| May 16 , 2017 , 07:30 IST
[caption id="attachment_262458" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Global Cyber Attack 'Ransomware' Costed The World USD 70,000 Global Cyber Attack 'Ransomware' Affected 150 Countries Worldwide[/caption]

Around $70,000 has been paid in a "ransomware" cyberattack that has affected about 150 countries worldwide, the White House said on Monday.

"We are not aware of payments that have led to any data recovery," White House Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert said at a daily briefing. ALSO READ: Be Cautious Of The Latest Cyber Threat And Know How To Be Prepared or It! Bossert said the ransomware attack, known as WannaCry or WannaCript, has infected more than 300,000 machines in about 150 countries but the good news is "the infection rates have slowed over the weekend." Bossert said the ransomware has three variants but patching systems can help protest against all these variants. ALSO READ: Massive Cyber-Attack: ‘Ransomware’ Wreaks Havoc Worldwide, Hits 99 Countries On Sunday, Microsoft slammed the US National Security Agency (NSA) because vulnerabilities used for the attack was first discovered by the spy agency, but it chose to keep them secret until they were stolen and leaked. "This was a vulnerability exploit as one part of a much larger tool that was put together by the culpable parties and not by the US government," Bossert argued. "This was not a tool developed by the NSA to hold ransom data."