As the world relaxes out of its brace position with few new cases announced, we’ve gathered together what we know about how China was affected by the WannaCry ransomware attack. 

An internet security firm reported 29,372 organizations were affected by Sunday. Most notably, colleges and energy companies were hardest hit in the first (and so far only) wave of attacks and the government then announced things were under control and some “self-insepection” was needed.

The ransomware attack known as WannaCry and WannaCrypt (sometimes translated as 想哭) first started infecting Windows computers on Friday morning hitting Telefonica in Spain then users in the UK – most noticeably National Health Service hospitals – then the rest of Europe, Russia and China. It has since spread worldwide reaching the the US, where it affected FedEx.

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Frank Hersey

Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...