The hackers behind the WannaCry ransomware attack have finally cashed out


Those victims were numerous, too: as well as individuals, WannaCry affected the UK's National Health Service, the Russian Interior Ministry, French automaker Renault, telecoms operator Telefonica in Spain, and FedEx in the US.

Funds collected by the WannaCry ransomware attack that held hostage hundreds of thousands of computer systems around the world earlier this year have started to be withdrawn from online bitcoin wallets. While cybersecurity experts advised victims not to pay the ransom money, apparently many did pay up to get their data back. Law enforcement and the security community believes that almost 300,000 computers were targeted in the WannaCry attack. Victims of WannaCry were generally directed to pay between $300 and $600 in order to remove the block.

The WannaCry ransomware earned its makers around $140,000 in Bitcoin in total, which sat untouched for months in three wallets.

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The new bitcoin activity was spotted by a Twitter bot - created by Quartz journalist Keith Collins - to track activity around the digital wallets linked to WannaCry.

Meanwhile, Elliptic's co-founder Tom Robinson told CNBC the funds were likely converted into a different cryptocurrency. The Bitcoins may also be converted into another cryptocurrency called Monero, according to the Guardian report.

With ~50 BTC in their accounts when they cleared these three wallets, hackers would get around $143,000 if they decide to liquidate these coins, and then $25,000 from 50 bitcoin cash coins, as well.