‘Hundreds of thousands of PCs infected in China’
SHANGHAI: “Hundreds of thousands” of Chinese personal computers (PCs) at nearly 30,000 institutions, including government agencies, were hit by the global ransomware attack, said a leading Chinese security-software provider, though it added that the Asian impact had otherwise been relatively muted.
The enterprise-security division of Qihoo 360, one of the country’s leading suppliers of anti-virus software, said 29,372 institutions ranging from government offices to universities and hospitals had been “infected” as of late Saturday.
State-owned oil giant PetroChina said it had to disconnect the networks linking its petrol stations nationwide for 12 hours on Saturday after the company’s Internet payment functions were disabled.
By late Sunday, around 80 per cent of its network was back online, said PetroChina.
In Japan, a spokesman for conglomerate Hitachi said on Monday the company’s computer networks were “unstable”, crippling its email systems.
Authorities worldwide have issued alerts warning computer users to beware of suspicious emails and beef up their computer security measures. AFP