As of Monday evening, $57,282.23 in ransom had been paid to the hackers behind the "WannaCry" malware attack, which took down computers across the world Friday and over the weekend, according to Elliptic, a Bitcoin forensics firm tracking the event.
Payments have trickled in from around the world, including a relatively large payment that researchers believe originated from the Russian government or a Russian business.
The total will likely rise, however. As the chart below shows, payments increased Monday morning, days after the worst of the attack was slowed with a kill switch.
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Payments have mostly originated from Europe, Russia, Korea, and Taiwan, according Chainanalysis, another firm that tracks Bitcoin transactions.
Paying the ransom will likely not save those infected, say cybersecurity researchers. Following payment, infected files are not automatically returned into the possession of the computer owner.
Instead, communication with the hackers overseeing the attack must occur. Then, an operator manually decrypts the files. Just sending the ransom gives the hackers "no idea if you've paid or not," said Jonathan Levin, co-founder of Chainanalysis.