Six NHS trusts yet to return to normal after cyber attack

It was not yet known who perpetrated Friday's attacks. It took advantage of a Windows vulnerability leaked in April and the hacking tool is believed to belong to the NSA.

The 22-year-old Britain-based researcher, identified online only as MalwareTech, explained Saturday that he spotted a hidden web address in the "WannaCry" code and made it official by registering its domain name.

Pictures on social media showed screens of NHS computers with images demanding payment of $300 (230 pounds, 275 euros) in Bitcoin, saying: "Ooops, your files have been encrypted!"

At least seven Scottish health boards have been hit by a massive cyber attack which has affected countries around the world.

The hunt was on for the culprits behind the assault, which was being described as the biggest cyber ransom attack ever. Security experts say this attack should wake up every corporate board room and legislative chamber around the globe. "We need to get to the bottom of why the government thought cyber-attacks were not a risk, when a combination of warnings and plain common sense should have told ministers that there is a growing and unsafe threat to our cyber-security", said the Lib Dem shadow home secretary Brian Paddick.

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (USCRT) under the Department of Homeland Security said it has received multiple reports of WannaCry ransomware infections in many countries around the world.

Telecommunications company Telefonica was among many targets in Spain, though it said the attack was limited to some computers on an internal network and had not affected clients or services.

In a statement, computer security group Kaspersky Labs said it was "trying to determine whether it is possible to decrypt data locked in the attack - with the aim of developing a decryption tool as soon as possible". Russia's central bank said Saturday that no incidents were "compromising the data resources" of Russian banks. The cyberextortion attack hitting dozens of countries was a "perfect storm" of sorts.

Taking over a PC and threatening to delete its data unless money is paid is a classic move of ransomware viruses, and while they can cause anguish and disruption when infecting home and business machines, when it comes to hospitals lives could be at stake.

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Yesterday he posted a New York Times article detailing the attack on the NHS in the United Kingdom, writing, "Today we see the cost".

French carmaker Renault's assembly plant in Slovenia halted production after it was targeted.

Europol said Saturday that the attack was of an "unprecedented level and requires global investigation".

The Shadow Brokers released Eternal Blue as part of a trove of hacking tools that they said belonged to the US spy agency.

The railway said that there was no impact on actual train services.

The worldwide effort to extort cash from computer users is so unprecedented in its nature - the first widely successful example of ransomware that self-replicates like a virus - that Microsoft quickly changed its policy, announcing free security patches to fix this vulnerability in the older Windows systems still used by millions of individuals and smaller businesses.

A German ticket machine, a university laboratory in Italy and a number of Spanish firms - including telecoms giant Telefonica, power firm Iberdrola and utility provider Gas Natural - are among those hit by the outbreak. "You're only safe if you patch ASAP", he wrote on Twitter.

The hackers, who have not come forward to claim responsibility or otherwise been identified, took advantage of a worm, or self-spreading malware, by exploiting a piece of NSA spy code known as "Eternal Blue" that was released last month by a hackers group known as the Shadow Brokers, according to researchers with several private cyber security firms.

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