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29,000 institutions in China hit by Wannacry

Staff Writer | May 15, 2017
China and Japan on Monday both fell victim to the global ransomware cyber attack that has created chaos in 150 countries.
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Security   Wannacry ransomware strikes China and Japan as well
Chinese state media say that more than 29,000 institutions across the country have been infected, along with hundreds of thousands of devices.

Xinhua News Agency cited the Threat Intelligence Centre of Qihoo 360, a Chinese internet security services company.

It said universities and educational institutions were among the hardest hit, numbering 4,341, or about 15% of internet protocol addresses attacked.

The Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Co-ordination Centre said 2,000 computers at 600 companies in Japan had been affected.

Nissan confirmed on Monday some units had been targeted, but that it had responded and there had been no major impact on its business.

The initial attack, known as WannaCry, paralysed computers that run Britain's hospital network, Germany's national railway and other companies and government agencies worldwide in what is believed to be the biggest online extortion scheme in history.


 

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