In less than two days ransomware derived from leaked NSA exploits has spread across the globe to infect hundreds of thousands of PCs at critical operations like hospitals, schools and telcos, as well as PCs in large businesses.
Britain and Russia were, by far, the worst hit but Wana Decrypt0r has so far attacked 200,000 victims across 150 countries.
For now though, its outbreak has been somewhat contained thanks to a UK malware analysis expert who managed to accidentally shut the operation down by simply registering a domain.
In Australia – which has largely escaped damage – Two reports emerged on Monday morning of organisations falling victim. It brought the total number at the time to three organisations. The federal government has declined to name the three victim organisations, but said they were small-to-medium sized operations.
The total number of organisations to have been affected has since risen to twelve.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre urges those affected to contact them on 1300 CYBER1