Wannacry cyberattack numbers in Latin America

According to Europol Executive Director Rob Wainwright, at least 200,000 users in 150 countries have been affected by the recent ransomware cyberattacks.

Mexico is the number one country in Latin America to be affected by the [cyberattack] campaign of the ransomware WannaCry… making Mexico the  fifth country most affected by this, according to Kaspersky Lab, but Avast Lab have other statistics.

Dmitry Bestuzhev from Kaspersky Lab said Mexico displaced Brazil at the top fo the list of Latin American countries affected. Ecuador came in Third and Colombia and Chile below.

But according to Avast data, Brazil is still at the top of the list in Latam, and is sixth over all, then came, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico, Uruguay, Venezuela and Dominican Republic in that order

In any case, Acccordind to Steckler - from Avast - the 2.114 cases in Brazil represent a minimal fraction of the 113.692 cases from Russia

Russia's Kaspersky Lab IT company said on Friday that it had registered about 45,000 ransomware attacks in 74 countries worldwide, with the largest number of targets located in Russia. On Monday, the Russian company stated that its figures were true for the targets with the company's software, however a more "accurate picture" of the attacks around the world estimated that there had been about 200,000 attacks.

According to the Times newspaper, the attackers have already received over $42,000 from the affected users. At the same time, The Guardian newspaper reported that the ransom could increase as the hackers threaten to double the sum of money they demand.

LatinAmerican Post | Ricardo Avella

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