Wanna Cry: Thai government warns users of suspicious emails


Thailand’s government on Monday warned internet users about opening emails and attachments from unknown sources.

The warning came as officials from the Office of Information and Communication Technology confirmed that some organisations in Thailand had been infected with the Wanna Cry ransomware.

The ransomware, which started targeting computers running Microsoft Windows on Friday, has infected more than 230,000 computers around the world hitting businesses, schools, car factories and hospitals. In the UK some hospitals were forced to turn away patients as a result of the ransomware on computer systems.

Wanna Cry

In China, some 29,000 institutions had been infected in the ransomware attack.

Thailand seems to have escaped the worst of the attack, however, around 200 computers in the country are now said to been infected with Wanna Cry, with that number expected to rise in the coming days.

On Monday evening Prime Minister Prayuth confirmed that no government agency had been affected by the ransomware.

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The official advice to users is to ensure all Windows operating systems is up to date with the latest security patches installed and that anti virus software is also kept up to date.

Anyone who has been infected with Wanna Cry ransomware should not pay the ransom and instead urged to turn off their computer and contact their system administrator or phone Thailand’s Computer Emergency Response Team on 02-143-8448 or visit the English language version of their website. Users can also contact the government’s Online Complaint Centre 1212.

Meanwhile, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission secretary-general Takorn Tanthasit has confirmed that no Thai internet service providers have been infected by the Wanna Cry ransomware.

All Thai mobile operators have also been instructed to take preventative measures against Wanna Cry.

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