Russian Postal service badly hit by Wannacry Ransomware!

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Wanna cry Ransomware which targeted more than 300,000 computers in more than 150 countries has made one of its victims take the help of media to disclose about the virus impact on its digital assets.

According to the report published in UK’s news resource The Independent, Russian Postal Service was badly hit by Wanna cry and most of the computers are still said to be reigning under the impact of the malware. The post office’s automated queue management terminal was badly hit by the crisis as almost all of its touch screen terminals running on Windows XP Operating system were infected.

A spokesperson from Russian POST admitted that over 120 systems were infected by the said malware and over 580 of them were manually switched off as a precautionary measure. The spokesperson added that all systems will be brought back to life by this weekend without paying a single ruble to hackers.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry, Mobile Operator MegaFon and Russian Railways issued a press statement which said that they were also victims of wanna cry.

Last Friday, Russia’s Central Bank said that more than 9 servers in its organization were hit by the wanna cry virus.

On the other hand, only a few victims chose to pay the ransom on a global note, as most of them could restore their systems from Backups.

Supporting this statement was an estimate prepared by a firm named KnowBe4 which helps companies in avoiding phishing efforts.

KnowBe4 said that the damage caused by Wannacry in just the initial four days could have exceeded $1 billion. The firm also guesstimated through its automated tracker that Wannacry hackers received a payment of just $116,542 by launching Wannacry cyber attack. The firm added that Wannacry hackers/developers received the said amount of payment in Bitcoins currency from 302 e-wallets.

More details will be updated shortly!

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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