This Is The Surprisingly Small Amount Of Money The NHS Hackers Stole

Not really worth it, really

Crippling as it was, most tech experts agree that the WannaCry malware attack that threw the NHS into chaos over the weekend most likely wasn't targeted.

Instead, they believe that the 'biggest ransomware in history' merely found its way onto the health services' system due to outdated infrastructure, and that the offending hackers had bitten off more than they could chew.

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And now, security expert Brian Krebs believes that the criminals earned just $26,000 out of the incredible risky endeavor.

Krebs says, "One of the nice things about Bitcoin is that anyone can view all of the historic transactions tied a given Bitcoin payment address. As a result, it's possible to tell how much the criminals at the helm of this crimeware spree have made so far and how many victims have paid the ransom.

"A review of the three payment addresses hardcoded into the Wana ransomware strain indicates that these accounts to date have received 100 payments totaling slightly more than 15 Bitcoins — or approximately $26,148 at the current Bitcoin-to-dollars exchange rate."

Considering how many governments they now have desperately trying to track them down, alongside the sheer amount of suffering they caused, it's safe to say that the whole thing didn't quite go to plan.