MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia’s Interior Ministry has not been compromised by the global cyberattack that affected thousands of computers worldwide, the ministry’s spokeswoman told Sputnik on Saturday.
"The virus has been detected and localized. We have prevented a leak of internal data from the Russian Interior Ministry’s information resources," spokeswoman Irina Volk said. She ruled out that sensitive information could have been compromised.
The ministry confirmed on Friday its computer network had been targeted by the WannaCrypt malicious software. The program infected around a thousand of the ministry's computers that ran Windows operating systems. Volk said servers had not been affected.
The WannaCrypt program has reportedly encrypted data on thousands of computers in the United States, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom, among others, demanding payments worth some $300 to restore users' access.