The WannaCry ransomware is now present in 150 countries around the globe, and has taken down hundreds of thousands of computers. Renault has had to shut down some of its factories in France, and patients in the UK have seen their doctors appointments cancelled and operations rescheduled. In India, the West Bengal power utility had its computers compromised, and the government has called the situation “critical.”
All this hasn’t stopped Twitter from coming up with memes.
Particularly smug are people who weren’t using Windows. WannaCry exploited a vulnerability in Windows systems, meaning that people on other operating systems were safe.
— TheCoolStuffToBuy (@dcoolstufftobuy) May 15, 2017
Linux users found another opportunity to gloat.
— surmandal (@surmandal) May 16, 2017
Then a meme began, showing what the attack would look like on devices which weren’t running Windows at all.
— Edwin van Andel (@Yafsec) May 14, 2017
They got slightly more bizarre…
— Regular-Sized Ian (@ecnepsnai) May 15, 2017
With an Internet of Things world around us, things could really have been far worse.
— Daniel Henry ©️ (@HackrActual) May 16, 2017
People began pranking coworkers, setting the now-familiar message as their screensavers.
OH: “Installing a WannaCry screenshot as a coworker’s screensaver.” Very evil. Very evil indeed. pic.twitter.com/RJV1MQPY0r
— John Wilander (@johnwilander) May 15, 2017
And people thought that for a virus that had brought the global internet to its knees, its name wasn’t very intimidating at all.
What do you mean WannaCry is not the name of Taylor Swift's new solo?
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) May 16, 2017
I have the fix for #wannacry. It's called HeresMyShoulder.exe
— Gamal A Sidharta (@gsidharta) May 15, 2017
And finally, people went back to bashing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Kejriwal had earlier claimed that by virtue of being an “engineer from IIT,” he could hack EVMs in 10 different ways. Delhi voters will disagree, but maybe for once, Kejriwal might be the hero India needs.
Arvind kejriwal trying to save India from WannaCry Ransome Virus
(Remember He can hack EVM in 90 Seconds) pic.twitter.com/1pecydRFhZ
— Mask (@LootPadiHai) May 15, 2017