11 Dec 2018 14:49

WannaCry, NotPetya, Badrabbit ransomware hit about 100 countries in 2017 - Russian specialists

MOSCOW. Dec 11 (Interfax) - WannaCry, NotPetya, and BadRabbit ransomware hit about a hundred countries in 2017, Nikolai Murashov, the deputy director of the Russian National Coordinating Center for Computer Incidents (NCCCI), said on Tuesday.

"Nearly one hundred countries were affected by WannaCry, NotPetya, and BadRabbit ransomware in 2017. Over 500,000 computers were infected," Murashov said at a press briefing in Moscow on Tuesday.

The greatest damage was incurred by private users, and some of Russia's critical infrastructure was also affected, he said.

The encryption methods used prevented "information from being decrypted using the existing computers," Murashov said.

WannaCry attacked computers all over the world, including in Russia, in May. In June 2017, NotPetya hit corporate IT systems in several countries, including at oil, energy, telecom, and pharmaceutical companies and government agencies. In the fall, BadRabbit attacked Russian information systems, including those of financial institutions and media outlets.