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Europol: the victims of recent cyber attacks have become 200,000 computers in 150 countries

The head of Europol Rob Wainwright gave Sunday an interview with Independent Television, one of the leading TV corporations in the UK, which said: the victims of Friday’s attacks of hackers were not less than 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries – including computer systems of major global corporations.

He said that on Monday, when the inhabitants of these countries going back to work, the number of victims could rise, writes 14 may, the website of the TV channel Sky News.

Although the first data about the attack came from Spain and the UK, its main purposes, according to cyber security company AVAST, have become computers in Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan.

In total at the moment, the hackers have blocked around 200,000 computers in various state and commercial structures, requiring for unlocking a ransom of $ 300 to $ 600.

The greatest damage the hackers caused in the UK, where they were locked computer system 36 hospitals that have no access to the patient records.

Among the objects of attack was Spanish Telefonica, Portuguese Telecom and Telefonica Argentina Argentine mail company FedEx, the Russian Sberbank and MegaFon, computers, interior Ministry and emergency situations Ministry. Information about the victims of attacks in Israel at the moment has not been received.

Attack code used Eternal Blue, stolen by the hacker group Shadow Brokers from the us National security Agency (NSA) about a month ago. The code exploited a vulnerability in the Windows operating system.

Microsoft said that to close the vulnerability on March 14 was released the patch, however, many organizations still have not installed the latest Windows updates.

Europol: the victims of recent cyber attacks have become 200,000 computers in 150 countries
14.05.2017

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