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As Deadline Begins to Pass, WannaCry Falls Short of Six Figures

  • Attackers have claimed only about $92,000 in payments
  • Over 200,000 machines infected with the ransomware
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Photographer: Meg Roussos/Bloomberg

One week ago a global cyberattack dubbed “unprecedented” by Europol began infecting an estimated 200,000 of the world’s computers, starting a seven-day countdown to the destruction of data if victims didn’t pay a ransom.

On Friday, those countdowns begin reaching zero. But so far, as of 13:00 in London, the attackers have claimed only about $92,000 in payments from their widespread ransom demands, according to Elliptic Enterprises Ltd., a U.K-based company that tracks illicit use of bitcoin. The company calculates the total based on payments tracked to bitcoin addresses specified in the ransom demands.