Global ransomware attack has been blunted

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When the National Security Agency lost control of the software behind the WannaCry cyberattack, it was like "the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen", Microsoft President Brad Smith says, in a message about the malicious software that has created havoc on computer networks in more than 150 countries since Friday. "Otherwise they're literally fighting the problems of the present with tools from the past".

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

In Japan, both Nissan and Hitachi reported some units had been affected, while in China energy giant PetroChina said that at some petrol stations customers had been unable to use its payment system.

Megafon: A spokesperson for Russian telecommunications company Megafon told CNN that the cyberattack affected call centers but not the company's networks.

Security experts said his move bought precious time for organisations seeking to block the attacks. The so-called WannaCry ransomware locks access to user files and demands money-in the form of the virtual currency Bitcoin-in order to decrypt them.

CERT-In today said it has not received any formal report of cyber attack on India's vital networks by the crippling global ransomware, "WannaCry".

Europol executive director Rob Wainwright said the situation could worsen on Monday when workers return to their offices after the weekend and log on.

A Jakarta hospital said on Sunday that the cyber attack had infected 400 computers, disrupting the registration of patients and finding records.

Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected claims the government ignored warnings the NHS was vulnerable to a possible attack.

Russia's central bank said Saturday it had seen no incidents "compromising the data resources of bank institutions", state news agency Tass reported. 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.

The 200,000 victims included more than 100,000 organizations, Europol spokesman Jan Op Gen Oorth told The Associated Press. Applying software patches is done by the vendors who supply the ATM and according to Bhoi, this can be done remotely and usually the vendors run their tests on the patch before an update.

Proofpoint and a British cybersecurity researcher teamed up Friday to derail the attack that was said to strike at least 100,000 organizations in 150 countries.

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French vehicle maker Renault, which halted production at some factories to stop the virus from spreading, said 90% of factories worldwide had now resumed operations, according to a spokesman on Monday.

Reuters reported that U.S President Donald Trump ordered his homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, to hold an emergency meeting Friday night to assess the threat posed by the ransomware attack. A graduate of Purdue University in Indiana, Huss discovered a "kill switch" on Friday in the malware used in a cyberextortion scheme that was quickly spreading around the world.

Microsoft too issued a statement saying that it has developed and released a special update for Windows XP although this particular version of its operating system is no longer serviced by the company.

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