Europol, the European Union’s police agency, says the international “ransomware” cyberattack has so far hit more than 100,000 organizations in at least 150 countries.
Spokesman Jan Op Gen Oorth said Sunday that the number of individuals who have fallen victim to the cyberextortion attack could be much higher.
He said it was too early to say who is behind the onslaught and what their motivation was. He said the main challenge was the fast-spreading capabilities of the malware, but added that, so far, not many people have paid the ransoms that the virus demands.
He warned that people may be hit by the virus Monday when they switch on computers at work.
The attack that began Friday is believed to be the biggest online extortion attack ever recorded, with victims including Britain’s hospital network and Germany’s national railway.
The attack was politicized on social media by some in Britain.
My wife had to explain to the seven-year-old what a cyber-attack was earlier. He was worried it was the Cybermen.— purserhallard (@purserhallard) May 13, 2017
Others had to work a little harder to catch up with the news of the day.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)