Payments have not led to data recovery in cyber attack: White House

The White House said on Monday that less than US$70,000 (S$97,800) had been paid in ransom in the wake of the global 'WannaCry' cyber attack and that it is aware of no instances in which a payment has led to the recovery of data.

WASHINGTON, US (REUTERS) - The White House said on Monday (May 15) that less than US$70,000 (S$98,000) had been paid in ransom in the wake of the global WannaCry cyber attack and that it is aware of no instances in which a payment has led to the recovery of data.

Speaking to reporters at a regular White House briefing, Tom Bossert, President Donald Trump's homeland security adviser, said that about 150 countries had been affected by the attack and more than 300,000 machines infected.