'WannaCry' ransomware attack: What we know

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This photograph, posed as an illustration on May 12, 2017, shows the website of the NHS: East and North Hertfordshire notifying users of a problem in its network taken outside the Department of Health in London.

"There are other criminals who've launched this attack, and they are ultimately responsible for this", he said from his home in Oxford, England. Cybersecurity experts say the unknown hackers behind the latest attacks used a vulnerability exposed in US government documents leaked online.

Ryan Kalember, senior vice president at Proofpoint Inc. which helped stop its spread, said the version without a kill switch could spread.

NHS Highlands urged patients to attend appointments as planned.

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

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NHS hospitals are still struggling in the fight against a global ransomware attack, with computer systems in several hospitals locked three days after the initial outbreak and previously unaffected hospitals revealed to have fallen to WannaCrypt ransomware.

Speaking at India TV conclave "Samvaad", Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, said, "We have been strengthening our cyber security and I can proudly say that the recent cyber-attack had almost zero per cent impact in India".

According to cyber security firm Avast, more than 75,000 WanaCrypt0r 2.0 attacks had been detected in 99 countries as of Friday.

Also on Monday, a major South Korean theater chain, CJ CGV, said that some 50 of its theatres had been affected by the malware, Yonhap news agency reported.

The ransomware, called WannaCry, locks down files on an infected computer and asks the computer's administrator to pay in order to regain control of them. It encrypted users' computer files and displayed a message demanding anywhere from $300 to $600 to release them; failure to pay would leave the data mangled and likely beyond fix.

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A "range" of Windows operation systems are used by the NHS in Scotland and Ms Sturgeon said there is regular investment in cyber security.

Doctors surgeries in Tayside affected by the UK-wide NHS cyber-attack are now "operating as normal".

Microsoft rolled out over the weekend a patch for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8, which are operating systems for which it no longer provides mainstream support. "The numbers are going up; I am anxious about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn [on] their machines on Monday morning", he added. It was benign because it contained a flaw that prevented it from taking over computers and demanding ransom to unlock files but other more malicious ones will likely pop up. "The latest count is over 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries, and those victims, many of those will be businesses, including large corporations", he said. So far, not many people have paid the ransom demanded by the malware, Europol spokesman Jan Op Gen Oorth told The Associated Press.

Op Gen Oorth said Monday it was still "a bit early too say who is behind it, but we are working on a decrypting tool".

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