There are no known cases of computers in Iceland having been affected by the world’s biggest cyber-attack, which has spread to 150 countries so far, RÚV reports. The director of the Post and Telecom Administration in Iceland emphasizes the importance of being cautious and following advice.
The computer virus spread in the attack locks people out of their files and demands that a ransom be paid for them to reopen. Initial reports suggested that the virus had spread to Iceland, but that was not confirmed.
“Nothing has been confirmed yet,” remarked Hrafnkell V. Gíslason, CEO of the Post and Telecom Administration in Iceland. He asks people to show caution and follow advice which you can find here. Do not open attachments or links that arrive by email, unless you’re certain of their content, he stresses.
All potential incidents of computers being affected by the virus should be reported to the National Computer Security Incident Response Team, CERT-IS.
“We’ve been in touch with our Nordic counterparts. The situation there is the same; people are swamped, trying to figure out how this virus works, and maybe we still don’t have a sufficiently clear picture of exactly how it spreads, but we think we have the big picture in that regard.”
It’s not yet known who is behind the attack or where. “I assume the international community will try very hard to find out who they are and maybe succeed in finding them,” Hrafnkell concluded.