The ransomware attack unleashed on Friday has affected more than 100,000 organizations in 150 countries, according to Europe's law enforcement agency Europol on Sunday.
The malware, which locks files and asks for payment to unlock them, hit businesses and institutions across the world, including shipper FedEx, train systems in Germany, a Spanish telecommunications company, universities in Asia, Russia's interior ministry and forced hospitals in Britain to turn away patients.
More than 200,000 people around the world have been affected by the malware, Jake Cigainero reports for NPR's Newscast.
"The recent attack is at an unprecedented level and will require a complex international investigation to identify the culprits," Europol said in a statement.
As employees return to work on Monday and turn on their computers, the number of infections could rise, the agency said.
The malware, which has been called multiple names including WannaCry, Wanna Decryptor or WannaCrypt, creates a pop-up window informing users that their files are encrypted and are no longer accessible — without a payment. Screenshots of the malware show an initial request for $300 to be paid in bitcoin, with a timer that says the ransom amount will rise if it's not paid within a certain time frame, and files will be lost after that.
Read more here: www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/14/528355526/repercussions-continue-from-global-ransomware-attack