Bank of China ATMs Go Dark As Ransomware Attack Cripples China

Tyler Durden's picture

In the aftermath of the global WannaCry ransomware attack, which has spread around the globe like wildfire, a significant number of corporations and public services have found their infrastructure grinding to a halt, unable to operate with unprotected if mission-critical computers taken offline indefinitely. Some of the more prominent examples so far include:

  • NHS: The British public health service - the world's fifth-largest employer, with 1.7 million staff - was badly hit, with interior minister Amber Rudd saying around 45 facilities were affected. Several were forced to cancel or delay treatment for patients.
  • Germany's Deutsche Bahn national railway operator was affected, with information screens and ticket machines hit. Travelers tweeted pictures of hijacked departure boards showing the ransom demand instead of train times. But the company insisted that trains were running as normal.
  • Renault: The French automobile giant was hit, forcing it to halt production at sites in France and its factory in Slovenia as part of measures to stop the spread of the virus.
  • FedEx: The US package delivery group acknowledged it had been hit by malware and said it was "implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible." .
  • Russian banks, ministries, railways: Russia's central bank was targeted, along with several government ministries and the railway system. The interior ministry said 1,000 of its computers were hit by a virus. Officials played down the incident, saying the attacks had been contained.
  • Telefonica: The Spanish telephone giant said it was attacked but "the infected equipment is under control and being reinstalled," said Chema Alonso, the head of the company's cyber security unit and a former hacker.
  • Sandvik: Computers handling both administration and production were hit in a number of countries where the company operates, with some production forced to stop. "In some cases the effects were small, in others they were a little larger," Head of External Communications Par Altan said.

One place which seemed to have emerged relatively unscathed from the global cyber-havoc (aside from the US, which is ironic as it is the U.S. NSA that was created the hacking software) has been China. Or so it seemed due to lack of media reports from the mainland. Now, courtesy of, and its twitter account, we have the first visual evidence that China too was materially impacted, to the point where not only local ATMs had been taken offline, but Chinese traffic police, immigration authorities and various public security bureaus and schools have suspended normal work until the malware threat is resolved.

The following images taken on Saturday show Bank of China ATMs infected with the ransomware virus.

More Chinese ATMs taken hostage:

WannaCry also hit the Public Security Bureau:

Various Chinese traffic police, immigration authorities and Public Security Bureaus were forced to suspend normal work:

A map of the attacks shows that in addition to China, South Korea and Japan have also been seriously impacted. North Korea, however, has managed to squeeze through the cracks so far, perhaps due to the lack of local internet connectivity.

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Finally, for those interested, here is a video courtesy of @hackerfantastic showing what realtime WannaCry infection looks like.

For now it is unclear what if any economic impact this "Biggest Ransomware Attack In History" will unleash on the world. Whatever the final outcome, don't forget to thank the NSA, whose product made all this possible, and which was warned by numerous skeptics, about just this eventuality.

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Raffie's picture

G Soros is dancing with all the money coming his way.

J S Bach's picture

And they want the herd to fall into line with automated driving.  Uh, thanks, but no thanks.  As long as there are computer systems, there will be those with the know-how to hack, infect and render impotent those networks.

DingleBarryObummer's picture

I never thought about that.  Maybe truck drivers' jobs are safe after all.

WTFRLY's picture

The transition to the new phase of chaos is upon us. Things are going somewhere between Mr Robot and that Call of Duty with Kevin Spacey talking about the rise of amorphous warfare outside of the nation-states framework (cyberterror, mercenary armies, etc)

Backin2006's picture

Time for MULTIPLE internets!

AltRight Girl's picture

Sum ting wong. 

The chinks will have some fun until they learn how to fix it:

Computer Researcher Stops WannaCry Ransomware Attack with $10 and Some Change

eforce's picture

Seems Windows 10 real price was -$300.

AldousHuxley's picture

Chinese Traffic Cops and banks using pirated Windows XP....


That's what you get for trusting bill gates. Now you are all forced to "upgrade"

Ahmeexnal's picture

Billions of dollars in lost revenue from this ransomeware attack.  Class action suit against the NSA (creator of the code) and Microsoft are almost ready to hit the courts.


konadog's picture

Taxes increased to pay the settlement. Yea, that will show them. We pay, they skate :-(  Better idea: scatter the CIA, NSA, and the rest of the alphabet soup agencies to the four winds and hang the mf'ers that run them for decades of war crimes and assassinations.

johand inmywallet's picture

I'm sorry, but am I the only one who is laughing at the thought of hacked runaway automated vehicles all accelerating to infinity colliding with large structures. And humans are falling all over this shit!! What a waste of oxygen.

I just said to my wife, wait until the EBT sysytems are hacked into a week long shutdown, what city will burn first!!??

e_goldstein's picture

I'm sorry, but am I the only one who is laughing at the thought of hacked runaway automated vehicles all accelerating to infinity colliding with large structures

You think that's funny, wait until they start targeting fly-by-wire airplanes.

nightshiftsucks's picture

Or dumping too much flouride in your drinking water.

Bubba Rum Das's picture

"I just said to my wife, wait until the EBT sysytems are hacked into a week long shutdown, what city will burn first!!??"

I've been laughing my ass off all day due to the inherent implications of this major malware attack; & the prospective blowback & political retaliation against the fuckups at the NSA from our Euro Sub-Soverign States AND the people of this country...!

Stopped at the gas station this afternoon in town to fuel up, pump screen sez: "please see attendant"...

So I go in, & the twerp behind the counter sez:
"Cash only, due to the ransomware attack, our credit systems are down..."

So I pull out a 50 to put 30 in the tank, & overhear people moaning from a line behind the ATM that it's out of cash now...

Turns out that ALL the gas stations in town can't accept cards, according to the attendant, & that he believes this is statewide...

So, they want to do away w/ 'physical cash'?
'Cash free Society'? Good Luck.


With this incident, the people of this country NOW will never allow it! PERIOD!

Xredsx's picture

Some people claim that we should stop pluggin everything in.. I reckon its the humans that need unpluggin before we became the machines.

konadog's picture

TU +100.  My car is 18 years old for precisely for this reason. I can certainly afford a new one. Hell will freeze over before I drive anything that depends on Microsoft.  Speaking of, notice how the MSM discussion never seems to ask the question - "why the hell do we keep using a steaming pile of shit like Windows for anything critical?"

SmittyinLA's picture

Hmmmm, could the "malware" attack be Microsoft "accidently" cutting off unauthorized pirate or "old" users?

A case of "you didn't buy the upgrade or update so we fucked you"?

espirit's picture

...or could just be an apple seed.

lil dirtball's picture

Or, it could all just be bullshit.

Giant Meteor's picture

Same Black Swan, makin the rounds ..

Mr 9x19's picture

no because the patch exist since march on windows update.... it is only the  XP support that has been redeployed.

in other hand, many banks have ATM running XP and they did not upgrade the system.


so, to me, those with no antivirus are to be blamed.


TalkToLind's picture

Y'all goyim should stop waiting until you need some cash to get some. Oh, and buy some physical gold and silver for God's sake. 

83_vf_1100_c's picture

  Dave Ramsey taughe to keep 3 months cash in hand. Power went out in our area for 2 days post tornadoes. Stores shut down because no power and cash was no help but you can see why you need some in hand. If you can find a checkout person who can still do enough math to make change.

Bubba Rum Das's picture

No, no, we need a 'cash-free' society, just like in India; notice how well it's working out there?

DeepFriedLizards's picture

Doesn't anyone image there hardrives?  Back-up data anyone?  This should be a non-event.

lil dirtball's picture

Drudge said some Brit found the kill switch by registering a domain. I guess somebody broke it again and sent it along to China.

Hey ... it could happen.


... continual crisis ...

"You live in a theme park." - Joe Walsh

FIAT CON's picture

People have to go to this domain and type something to prevent this or stop this.

FIAT CON's picture

What idiot down voted me? Stupid Fu*k!

 There was a story about this yesterday on ZH about this...keep up!

83_vf_1100_c's picture

  You just earned another downie for spazzing over a downie. You'd think something of real consequence happened like the neighbor banging your wife while you are at work.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

People are basically lazy and generally only do something if they have to.

FIAT CON's picture

Ok if your computer has frozen I'd say you have to do something like a patch  etc. staring at it won't do it, just so you know!

I guess you just let your secret outof the bag! eh?

konadog's picture

People who do backups were "downsized" (translation: fired) long ago to enhance those well-deserved CEO bonuses.

Mr.BlingBling's picture

Excellent, but we really need Visa and MC networks to be down for a week to turn the sheeple away from the cashless corral into which we're all being herded.

Hongcha's picture

Indeed Mr. BlingBling; Interesting point on this thread, as unbeknownst to many, it is China who is making the fastest and most efficient inroads to cashless. 

China will be the first major country to no-cash.  Also the first to chip its citizens.  Also the first to adopt wholesale elimination of useless eaters when the carrying costs get too high.  Oh yea, China's a real Valhalla.

Guns are already banned there, but that goes without saying doesn't it?

FIAT CON's picture

3d printer vuala you have yourself a gun.

 There is nothing any .gov can do to the people without their consent!

Think about that for you slow people.


wombats's picture

The gun is just a useless paperweight unless you also have ammo.

Dickweed Wang's picture

The gun is just a useless paperweight unless you also have ammo.


And that is precisley why i have primers, powder, bullet molds and reloading equipment for every firearm I own. You can even get primer compound now to reload your primers - see this:


general ambivalent's picture

Many American tech employees (even unpaid ones) are willingly getting chips. Gun rights haven't done shit to stop it.

Bubba Rum Das's picture

"Excellent, but we really need Visa and MC networks to be down for a week to turn the sheeple away from the cashless corral into which we're all being herded."

It's already happening.
All of the credit systems at all the gas stations in the town I live in were down this afternoon!
I'm celebratin this shit!
The virus is spreading like wildfire!

Rainman's picture

Bank of China ...member FDIC

Treason Season's picture

Biggest police state in the world PROC. Sino fuzz freaking out!

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Looks like the Malware missed North Korea making them most productive country. 

barysenter's picture

Best computer security in the world: NK (The power was out at the time)

Posa's picture

Pretty serious… if infrastructure were attacked this would have been bad eg. dams, air traffic control, power plants, the whole grid, satellite communications…


But doesn't this have a James Bond cartoon feel to it? I could imagine a Goldfinger type demanding all the gold reserves in the world or he'll unleash global catastrophe... or is this a Deep State ploy for unprecedented dictatorial power?

shizzledizzle's picture

ATMs down huh, so how are we sure that this attack originated from OUTSIDE of the government?