'200000 users, 150 countries hit by ransomware'

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Though a British security researcher "MalwareTech" managed to stop the spread of the virus, hackers have issued new versions that cybersecurity organisations are trying to counter.

"I think $20,000 to $30,000 worth", said Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol. Channel One cited whistleblower Edward Snowden as claiming that it was "particularly concerning" that "the viruses that attacked the world were created at the National Security Agency". Microsoft also said it would roll out the update to users of older operating systems "that no longer receive mainstream support", such as Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003. "That's what makes this more troubling than ransomware was a week ago", Thakur said. The attacks used to only be able to target one machine at a time. They say the person, or persons, behind all of this was not very experienced.

NY [U.S.], May 14 (ANI): The World's biggest cyber attack which has hit 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries threatens to create more havoc on Monday when people return to work.

The list of institutions affected is expected to grow as more become aware of hacks or if more variants spread infections. Companies like Hitachi and Nissan Motor Co. reported problems they said had not seriously affected their business operations. Rail passengers in Germany were confronted with the ransom message when looking up train information at stations after Berlin-based railway company Deutsche Bahn was targeted.

Russian Central Bank: State media agency Tass reported the bank discovered malware bulk emails to banks but detected no compromise of resources.

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Universities and other educational institutions in China were among the hardest hit, possibly because schools tend to have old computers and be slow to update operating systems and security, said Fang Xingdong, founder of ChinaLabs, an internet strategy think tank. The company said the virus has been localized and "technical work is underway to destroy it and update the antivirus protection".

The number of ransomware-affected cases is still rising. The statement said antivirus systems are working to destroy it. The police also strongly advise against paying the "ransom" to regain access to your computer if you have been affected.

The commission had been tasked by Hunt with identifying threats to patient data.

"The truth is, if you're going to cut infrastructure budgets and if you're not going to allow the NHS to invest in upgrading its IT, then you are going to leave hospitals wide open to this sort of attack", he added.

The UK government called a meeting of its crisis response committee, known as Cobra, to discuss how to handle the situation.

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