WannaCry or WannaCrypt ransomware has affected millions of Windows devices all over the world and is still spreading fast. A new map created to track the malware’s spread shows the status of the attacks in real time with the regions getting affected. The map tracks the attacks and updates the site periodically, as more businesses or affected individuals use their systems. Also Read - Instagram, TikTok scams targeting youngsters with ransomware, bots and more: ReportAlso Read - Microsoft working on improving Windows 11 performance with updates starting next year
The map is created by MalwareTech, whose security analyst managed to slow down the attack on Friday. As the day progresses and more individuals log into their systems, the intensity of the attacks increases. There are two maps, both on the Intel site and as per the data, a total of 162,720 systems have been affected so far, though Europol chief Rob Wainwright said over 200,000 devices in 150 countries were affected. The map also shows the number of affected devices that are online and offline at any particular point of time. The ransomware is spreading quickly and users are warned of opening or downloading email attachments from unknown sources or with questionable attachments. Also Read - Microsoft New Xbox app solves game installation problem
The concentration of attacks is high in India and CERT has already issued a warning to Windows users against using their systems before the patch is installed and their devices are upgraded. Multiple organisations in the country as well as government offices have already been affected. Police systems are hacked as well with the officials losing access to all data. ALSO READ: WannaCry ransomware: CERT-In explains measures to prevent infection, how to tackle the aftermath
Once infected, WannaCry creators have access to the entire system and all the data. Presently, the perpetrators are demanding anywhere between $300 to $600 (between Rs 19,000 and Rs 38,000) in bitcoins to restore access to the computer. RBI and other banking associations have been asked to be on the alert and issue warnings to customers in case of any breach. There have been multiple messages also doing rounds on Whatsapp asking users to stay safe. The impact is believed to have been slower in India as organisations remained shut. However, with the new week, multiple systems in the country are already affected. ALSO READ: WannaCry Ransomware: 22-year-old accidentally stops attacks, warns against more to come
Microsoft has released a patch for the malware though it is yet to reach all devices. The malware continues on Windows XP system which is no longer supported by Microsoft, meaning there are no regular system updates or patches provided any more. Microsoft has termed the attack a “wake-up call” and also warned against the problem being completely solved. Though the patch has already been released, many users still unaware about the seriousness of the situation are to download it, opening more systems to risk with each passing day.