WannaCry Hackers Made More Money Than Reported

Gwen Vasquez
August 3, 2017

Not only were individuals affected, but the May 12 attack forced emergency rooms in the United Kingdom to turn away patients, and shut down a Spanish telecommunications company and Russian mobile operator.

The cash, apparently moved by the programmers, was taken from three Bitcoin wallets related with WannaCry, as indicated by following firm Elliptic.

WannaCry hackers were paid £108,000 in Bitcoin by affected computer. Law enforcement and the security community believes that almost 300,000 computers were targeted in the WannaCry attack.

At the time of the WannaCry attack, victims were asked to pay around £230 in the virtual currency in order to regain control of their systems.

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Businesses in 150 countries worldwide were affected by the ransomware attack, which led to demands of bitcoin payments to be made by the victims to the digital wallets of those behind it. The withdrawals, which were made in increments of about $20,000, started around 11 p.m. ET on August 2 and completed at 3:25 a.m. ET Thursday. By 3:25am the following morning, the three Bitcoin addresses known by to be associated with WannaCry had been drained entirely.

It's probably no coincidence that the hackers waited until after the bitcoin split to cash out, as it saw them make an extra 20 per cent or so on top of the $140,000 worth of bitcoin they had extorted, Quartz reports.

Meanwhile, Elliptic's co-founder Tom Robinson told CNBC the funds were likely converted into a different cryptocurrency.

"We believe some of these funds are being converted into Monero, a privacy-focused cryptocurrency".

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