Ransomware attack hit more than 100000 organizations, says Interpol

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The major story from last week was that malware, described in leaked NSA documents, crippled Windows computers worldwide. The attack led health care officials to divert ambulances and caused some patients to be turned away due to the severity of the disruption.

"More action is needed, and it's needed now", he said.

The head of Britain's National Cyber Security Centre echoed the warning, raising concerns that many existing infections may yet to have been detected, and others could spread within networks.

Europol's European Cybercrime Centre said that anyone hit by ransomware should use the unlocking tools provided at NoMoreRansom.org, a free resource developed by Europol in partnership with the Dutch police and other industry partners. But now it saves your system from further attacks, so it is the high time to head to the Control Panel in Windows and turn on the notifications.

"The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call", Smith said.

It also threatens to delete the files if payment is not made within seven days.

Matthew Hickey, cofounder of security firm My Hacker House, created a virtual inoculation for companies to use to prevent ransomware while they work on patching.

Gorelick said it's always a good idea to backup files on an external hard drive and make sure the operating system has the latest software updates, which will block the virus.

But he also blamed the governments.

WannaCry ransomware attack: Microsoft held back the security patch update, that could have slowed down the attack, says a report.

While the WannaCry attack hit thousands of computers across around the world, the hospitals affected in the United Kingdom have attracted the most attention.

However, it is believed the amount will increase as victims rush to pay ransoms of £230 ($300) or more ahead of deadlines to restore access. The true cost of this attack is equally unknown at this stage however, it is thought to be costing hundreds of millions of dollars.

Microsoft pushed out additional emergency patches for older systems - including machines running Windows XP, which hadn't received an update since 2014 - to combat the global attack.

Microsoft responded to the WannaCrypt (WannaCry) ransomware attack that hit computer systems around the world Friday by emphasizing the need for taking precautions to protect against attack and urging governments to stop hoarding exploits for security vulnerabilities.

"This is an emerging pattern in 2017", continued Smith.

It appears WannaCry exploits a vulnerability that was stolen from the US' National Security Agency (NSA) earlier this year.

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