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Cyber security experts in the National Health Service (NHS) worked alongside the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of the GCHQ spy agency, to patch computer systems after the attack caused widespread problems on Friday, Wallace said.

The company said it had released a security update back in March to protect Windows system computers against such attacks, but said many computers "remained unpatched globally".

"B$3 ecause WannaCrypt used a single hardcoded domain, my registartion [sic] of it caused all infections globally to believe they were inside a sandbox and exit...thus we initially unintentionally prevented the spread and and further ransoming of computers infected with this malware".

The ransomware encrypted data on the computers, demanding payments of $300 to $600 to restore access.

'Because this would be nowhere near the worldwide spread and depth of attack if people had run the updates that Microsoft had provided in March'.

It is also keeping a close watch on the developments on the ransomware and is working in close coordination with all relevant agencies, it said.

In Germany, Deutsche Bahn faced “technical disruptions” on electronic displays at train stations, but travel was unaffected, the company said in a statement on its website.

In this case, he said, the NSA apparently handed the WannaCry makers a blueprint - pre-written code for exploiting the flaw, allowing the attackers to essentially cut and paste that code into their own malware.

European police agency Europol said it was working to support countries, saying the malware attack was at an "unprecedented level and requires global investigation".

British media were hailing as a hero a 22-year-old computer security whiz who appeared to have helped stop the attack from spreading by discovering a "kill switch" - an internet address which halted the virus when activated.

Microsoft said the situation was "painful" and that it was taking "all possible actions to protect our customers". WannaCry exploited common techniques employees use to share files via a central server. But so far several said they have found no way to break the encryption.

Apple's Mac computers were not targeted by this ransomware attack so are clear.

A number of NHS organisations have reported to NHS Digital that they have been affected by a ransomware attack which is affecting a number of different organisations. "Things could likely emerge on Monday" as staff return to work.

The president of Microsoft laid some of the blame at the feet of the USA government.

China's Xinhua News Agency reported that thousands of devices in as many as 29,372 institutions have been infected by the ransomware attack, which created a global mayhem on Friday spreading to almost 100 countries in no time.

In Spain, major companies including telecommunications firm Telefonica were infected.

He said: "First of all we can not force people to join the army, we don't have conscription in this country, the army has to compete with other sectors in the economy".

Britain's spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, warned in 2014 that some NHS organizations had "limited understanding of the threat and they do not yet understand what would represent an appropriate level of threat protection".

Global investigation needed to identify culprits of biggest-of-its-kind cyber-extortion attack, Europol says. Before, Microsoft had made such fixes available only to mostly larger organizations that pay extra for extended support, yet millions of individuals and smaller businesses still had such systems. Two security firms - Kaspersky Lab and Avast - said they identified the malicious software in more than 70 countries.

The spread of the ransomware capped a week of cyber turmoil in Europe that began when hackers posted a trove of campaign documents tied to French candidate Emmanuel Macron just before a runoff vote in which he was elected president of France.

Sixteen National Health Service organizations in the United Kingdom were hit, and some of thosehospitals canceled outpatient appointments and told people to avoid emergency departments if possible.


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