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WannaCry Remains a Global Threat Two Years On

May 13, 2019 / Michael Hill

WannaCry ransomware remains a global threat two years on from the initial outbreak of the attack in May 2017. That’s according to new analysis from Malwarebytes, which discovered that a total of 4,826,682 WannaCry detections have been identified since the malware variant first wreaked havoc. Although WannaCry variants detections have been subdued since the global kill switch was activated, they have far from disappeared. Malwarebytes’ research showed that Eastern countries are most at risk from WannaCry; the majority of detections since its initial spread landed in India (727,883), Indonesia (561,381), the US (430,643), Russia (356,146) and Malaysia (335,814). In the UK, there have been 17,185 detections since the initial attack took place, with just 41 incidents recorded since April 1 2019. In contrast, other countries have continued to register large numbers of detections in the same period; India (19,777), Indonesia (19,192) and the US (3325), for instance.