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MCMC yet to receive reports on WannaCry ransomware attacks


PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) says it has yet to receive any reports of WannaCry ransomware attacks in the country as of noon Monday.

Last Friday, more than 99 countries were hit by an outbreak of the WannnaCry malware, which encrypts the data on an infected computer, preventing users from accessing it.

The perpetrators promise to release the data once a ransom of US$300 (RM1,301) is paid, hence the name ransomware.

In just two days, computer networks of Britain’s National Health Service, Russia’s interior ministry and international shipper FedEx, among others, were affected.

A WhatsApp message claiming that the ransomware had infected several hotels in Kuala Lumpur was circulating on Monday.

When contacted, the Malaysian Association of Hotels chairman Sam Cheah said he had yet to receive any such reports.

“We will keep you posted,” he replied in a text message.

A new variant of the ransomware called WanaCrypt0r 2.0 was also reported to have surfaced in cyberspace.

The Star Online