Gallery: 10 major organizations affected by the WannaCry ransomware attack
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The UK's National Health Service (NHS)
Hundreds of clinics were reportedly hit by WannaCry, as were several hospitals. The incident forced surgery delays, cancelled appointments, and generally made a mess of healthcare for several days.
There are no specifics on which US hospitals, or how many, were affected, but a Forbes source provided images of WannaCry on the screen of a radiology machine. Bayer, the manufacturer of the machine, says it received reports of infections on two of its radiology machines at different facilities.
Banks, telecom providers, the Russian railway system, and even the interior ministry were all hit by WannaCry. Word on the extent of the damage to Russian computer systems has been unsurprisingly nonexistent, but it’s been bad by most accounts.
Police in Andhra Pradesh, India
The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh reported that 25% of its police computers were infected by the ransomware, forcing it to take systems offline in order to prevent data loss.
Universities in China
Over 100,000 computers in several Chinese universities were frozen and locked. Why was the number so high? An estimated 70% of software in China is bootlegged, which opens the door for attacks.
Japanese electronics maker Hitachi admitted it was a victim as well, but the impact was reportedly minimal.
The Chinese Public Security Bureau was a victim, with WannaCry even knocking one whole police station offline.
French automobile manufacturer Renault, which is associated with Nissan, Daimler, Samsung, and other automotive companies, fell victim to the attack as well, though the company didn’t report the extent of the damage.
- 98% of WannaCry victims were running Windows 7, not XP (TechRepublic)
- Why patching Windows XP forever won’t stop the next WannaCrypt (TechRepublic)
- WannaCrypt makes an easy case for Linux (TechRepublic)
- Patching WannaCrypt: Dispatches from the frontline (TechRepublic)
- Video: How a cyberweapon developed by the NSA infected machines around the world (TechRepublic)
- Ransomware attack: The clean-up continues after WannaCry chaos (ZDNet)
- Ransomware attack: How a nuisance became a global threat (ZDNet)