WannaCry Ransomware attack has recently hit hundreds of thousands of networks throughout 150 countries. Their requests urged all victims that were affected by this cyber phenomenon to send $300 to unlock their accounts. Online tracking records announced that the three bitcoin wallets that were used to gather ransom were emptied.
WannaCry Ransomware Impaired even British Hospitals to Receive New Patients for Several Days
Even though the attack took place within digital environment, its impact affected the activity of numerous institutions and businesses heavily. Hundreds of thousands of computer systems were frozen throughout the world. The back door through which hackers entered the networks was actually a Windows security flaw that the National Security Agency identified. However, few companies proceeded to patch the weaknesses in their operating system.
Some of the most affected parties were the Spanish telecom organization Telefonica and the health ministry of the United Kingdom. British hospitals had no other choice than to refuse the treatment of some patients for several days as they couldn’t operate at their potential without their computer systems.
Despite Their Global Attack, Hackers Managed to Gather only $140,000 in Their Bitcoin Wallets
On the other hand, the hackers didn’t devise a solid plan either. Even though they affected a plethora of cybersecurity systems in all corners of the world, their demands showed heavy weaknesses. For instance, even though everybody can perform a bitcoin transfer, all transactions are actually anonymous.
Therefore, they couldn’t keep track of the victims that chose to pay the ransom. Another ramification of this issue was that without the identity of the payer, they couldn’t have created the decryption codes. Once people realized these fuzzy points, they were less likely to cover the ransom. On top of that, the hackers weren’t meticulous enough which translated into a multitude of possible system recoveries without their codes.
In the end, the three bitcoin wallets that hackers put at the disposal of their victims received a total of $140,000. Several international trackers monitored these accounts. On Thursday, they reported through Twitter that the funds were transferred to other mixers, which are large joint accounts.
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