Fewer than 10 US organizations have reported attacks to the Department of Homeland Security since Friday, a USA official told reporters on Tuesday.The attack has caused most damage in Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine and India, according to Czech security firm Avast.The United States likely avoided greater harm as the attack targeted older versions of Microsoft Corp's Windows operating system, and more USA users have licensed, up-to-date, patched versions of the software, compared to other regions of the world.
There were no new, major incidents in the United States.
It also added that the top five cities impacted by the ransomware attack are Kolkata followed by Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Pune and Mumbai, while the top top five states with the largest number of reports of WannaCry malware are West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi NCR, and Odisha. It said that the USA had "no credible evidence" to support a ban on Chinese tech companies in the US following the cyberattack.
The attack has caused most damage in Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine and India, said Czech security firm Avast.
An Indian-origin security researcher with Google has found evidence suggesting that North Korean hackers may have carried out the "unprecedented" ransomware cyberattack that hit over 150 countries. Lazarus has also been linked to the hacking of Sony Pictures [official website] in 2014 and accused of stealing millions of dollars from a Bangladeshi bank in 2016.
Simon Choi, a director at anti-virus software company Hauri Inc. who has analyzed North Korean malware since 2008 and advises the government on cyberattacks, said the North is no newcomer to the world of bitcoins and has been mining the digital currency using malicious computer programs since as early as 2013. USA and European officials did not rule out North Korea as a possible suspect in the cyberattack. But North Korea has been preparing cyber skills for more than 10 years and its skill is significant. North Korean officials were not immediately available for comment and its state media has been quiet about the matter. It did not name any of the entities.
"I believe that China will stay true to that and we will come together on how we're going to do that", she said.
Chinese media pinned some of the blame for the massive global cyberattack that affected more than 300,000 computers over the weekend on the United States.
Taiwan Power Co. said that almost 800 of its computers were affected, although these were used for administration, not for systems involved in electricity generation.