WannaCry ransomware reported on 185 computers in Taiwan: NSB

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WannaCry ransomware reported on 185 computers in Taiwan: NSB

Taipei, May 17 (CNA) A total of 185 computers have been reported to be infected by the WannaCry ransomware, including one in a government unit, Chou Mei-wu (周美伍), deputy head of the National Security Bureau (NSB), said Wednesday, citing statistics of reported cases.

The malware has infected 116 computers at Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) offices and 68 others in 13 schools, Chou said at a legislative question-and-answer session.

A computer in Taichung Employment Services Center is the only one in any government organization to have been infected, because it was not covered by a security system established by the Executive Yuan to safeguard government computers from hackers, Chou said, adding that the device has been repaired.

The Taipower infection has not affected the electricity supply because the infected computers were used mainly for administrative work, according to Chou.

Asked whether any other large enterprises or individuals had suffered an attack by the WannaCry ransomware, Chou said the NSB had not received any further reports of infection.

The European Union police agency Europol has estimated that some 200,000 users in 150 countries have been affected by WannaCry, a virus that is spread through devices around the world, locks up the operating systems, and demands payment in Bitcoins to unlock them.

(By Sophia Yeh and Evelyn Kao)

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