Microsoft president: Cyber attack should be 'wake-up call'

Two security firms - Kaspersky Lab and Avast - said they had identified the malicious software behind the attack in over 70 countries, although both said the attack had hit Russian Federation the hardest.

It issued guidance for people to protect their systems, while taking the highly unusual step of reissuing security patches first made available in March for Windows XP and other older versions of its operating system.

Security experts say the unprecedented ransomware attack that on Friday locked up computers across the globe including United Kingdom hospital, FedEx, train systems in Germany among other institutions in exchange for payment, could cause even more trouble as the work week begins.

A Jakarta hospital said on Sunday that the cyber attack had infected 400 computers, disrupting the registration of patients and finding records. In an interview on ABC's "This Week", Clapper said the worry was "this ransomware attack will be even larger" as people return to their desks after the weekend.

There are several factors in play.

The researcher wrote a blog post detailing the creation of a new domain as a "sinkhole" for the ransomware.

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David Kennedy, formerly with the US National Security Agency said the software has stopped from spreading thanks to a "kill switch", but a hacker could change the code and resume the attack at any moment.

- Who was behind the attack?

At least one strain of the ransomware has proven especially vicious. It spreads from computer to computer as it finds exposed targets.

For example, if one of your coworkers opens an infected PDF attached to an email, soon everyone in your office could be under attack. "Because they could have done something ages ago to get this problem fixed, and they didn't do it".

CERT-In has also informed all chief information security officers (CISO) about the ransomware.

Grafi said his firm has been contacted by companies that are scrambling to avoid potential pitfalls. The number of Aussie businesses hit has risen to three, although authorities assure Australia is not severely affected by the incident.

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Nissan: The carmaker said in a statement that "some Nissan entities were recently targeted" but "there has been no major impact on our business". State media reported that digital payment systems at some gas stations were offline, forcing customers to pay cash. "This is not targeted at the NHS, it's an global attack and a number of countries and organisations have been affected", said Prime Minister Theresa May.

The cuts made NHS computer systems "outdated and vulnerable" to attack, critics say.

"Mr. Fallon said the government had already identified cyberattacks as one of the three greatest threats to Britain's security, and had pledged nearly 2 and a half billion dollars to protect IT infrastructure". He said the situation was under control.

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He continued: "It is important to emphasise that there is no evidence that patient data has been compromised".

The following day dozens of trusts in England and Scotland were forced to cancel procedures after staff reported seeing computers go down "one by one" as the virus took hold.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, at a meeting in Italy, said Saturday the attack was a reminder of the importance of cybersecurity.

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