Avast, the Czech-based worldwide anti-virus computer software company says that its monitoring suggests that the group behind the WannaCry ransomware attack from Friday have earned relatively little as a result. It said that it registered 260 bitcoin payments in response to the ransom demand, suggesting earnings from that selection of users of around 70,000 US dollars. Avast detected the attack on Friday and says its helped prevent around 250,000 attacks by the malware. It recommends not making any payment to try and recover dossiers and blocked software.
The massive cyberattack in Friday hit some 200,000 internet users in 150 countries, according to Europol. IT experts confirmed that similar attacks as WannaCry are likely to follow, the first as early as Monday. Internet security firm Avast reported 168,878 thousand cyberattacks cases it had helped block worldwide - 492 in the Czech Republic.
Czech-based computer anti-virus giant Avast opened up new offices in Prague on Thursday night. The company, which employs around 700, mostly in the Czech capital, has moved into five floors of offices in the Pankrác district covering 15,000 square metres. The offices are inspired by Silicon Valley with a free restaurant for employees, gym, and even cinema. Avast software protects around 20 percent of all computers worldwide outside China.
A team of security experts from several Czech universities and the Ministry of Defense has dismantled a dangerous world wide virus network with the name Chuck Norris, a spokeswoman of the Ministry of Defense told journalists on Monday. The network, which is called a botnet by experts, attacked computers and stole private data from users. Its victims were mostly households and smaller companies, which in many cases do not have the same standard of anti-virus protection of bigger companies. Among the data stolen was sensitive information such as passwords to online banking, email accounts and other online services.