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WannaCry ransomware attack should be a wake-up call to the NHS to improve cybersecurity

Microsoft's lawyer says governments should "report vulnerabilities" that they discover to software companies, "rather than stockpile, sell, or exploit them".

"It's an worldwide attack and a number of countries and organizations have been affected", she said.

Russia's Interior Ministry, with oversight of the police forces, said about "1,000 computers were infected", which it described as less than 1 percent of the total, according to its website.

Worse, the malware was able to create so much chaos because it was designed to self-replicate like a virus, spreading quickly once inside university, business and government networks. The WannaCry attack should give urgency to boosting cyber security.

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

Critical infrastructure agencies including banks, airports, telecom networks and stock markets have been asked to take precautions to shield themselves against the crippling global ransomware attack "WannaCry". "We will continue to work with affected (organizations) to confirm this", the agency said.

If you get WannaCrypt on your machine, you're files will be encrypted and the key to unlock is held by the creators of the software until you pay.

The hacking tool was leaked by a group calling itself the Shadow Brokers, which has been dumping stolen NSA hacking tools online beginning a year ago.

The cyberattack that spread malicious software around the world, shutting down networks at hospitals, banks and government agencies, was thwarted by a young British researcher and an cheap domain registration, with help from another 20-something security engineer in the U.S.

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"Those who have Windows Update enabled are protected against attacks on this vulnerability", the company said in the post published on its website. Although it won't do any good for machines that have already been hit.

"The numbers are still going up", he said. "Most folks that have paid up appear to have paid the initial $300 in the first few hours".

Soon he and MalwareTech were communicating about what they'd found: That registering the domain name and redirecting the attacks to the server of Kryptos Logic had activated the kill switch, halting the ransomware's infections. Once it infects one computer within a network, it can spread to all the computers in that network "within seconds", said Israel Levy, the CEO of the cybersecurity firm Bufferzone.

WannaCry has already caused massive disruption around the globe.

The effects were felt across the globe, with Britain's National Health Service, Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica, FedEx Corp.in the US and French carmaker Renault all reporting disruptions.

As its modus operandi, the Wannacry/ WannaCrypt Ransomware drops user manuals in - Chinese, Indonesian, French, Vietnamese, Turkish, Swedish, Finnish, Greek, Danish, Korean, Croatia, Polish.

Gas stations: State-run media in China reported that some gas stations saw their digital payment systems shut down, forcing customers to bring cash. The cost of buying Internet anti-virus security programs must be built into all budgets, besides levels of alacrity in putting to work security patches that leading companies like Microsoft put out to protect systems from malware. The effects were felt across the globe, with Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica, FedEx Corp.in the USA and French carmaker Renault all reporting disruptions. Germany's national railway says that it was among the organizations affected by the global cyberattack but. Scan all emails, attachments both on the host and at the mail gateway with a reputable anti-virus solutions would help to keep the attack at bay.

An unrivaled global cyber-attack is poised to continue claiming victims, even as United Kingdom health facilities whose systems were crippled early in the assault are returning to normal operation. The company did issue a patch for Windows XP, but has otherwise largely stopped issuing updates for the software.

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