Telia: Wannacry ransomware detected in Estonia ({{commentsTotal}})

Message displayed by a computer that has been attacked by Wannacry ransomware.
Message displayed by a computer that has been attacked by Wannacry ransomware. Source: (Reuters/Scanpix)

Wannacry, the ransomware which began spreading across the globe at the end of last week, has been spotted in Estonia, although it has not been able to do too much damage yet, said telecom operator Telia.

Reports concerning the ransomware began arriving on Friday.

Aare Kirna, head of Telia Estonia's Department of Security Incidents, said that some incidents have been recorded among Telia customers which might be connected to the Wannacry virus trying to enter a computer user's systems. He added that one private and one business customer each has been sent a warning concerning the virus but the customers have thus far not asked the company for help. "We have been lucky in Estonia so far, but the Wannacry virus is still dangerous," Kirna stressed.

By now, the virus has attacked more than 200,000 users and over 230,000 computers around the world. Ransomware demands are between $300-1,200 in U.S. dollars and the criminals behind the virus have received more than $40,000 in bitcoins so far.

The attacks have affected many national and commercial systems around the world, including the U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS), Telefonica, Spain's biggest telecom operator as well as Russian telecom Megafon.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS