Here's the latest on the ongoing WannaCrypt global cyber attack

It has attacked hundreds of thousands of computers, security experts say, from hospital systems in the United Kingdom and a telecom company in Spain to universities and large companies in Asia.

"The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call", Smith said. "It's a massive reminder to sectors right across the world cyber security should be a topline strategic priority".

On Monday, the opposition Labour Party said Prime Minister Theresa May's response to the crisis had been poor and her government was to blame for failing to invest to keep the service secure.

It was too early to say who was behind the onslaught, which struck 100,000 organizations, and what their motivation was, aside from the obvious demand for money.

He said Penn State's servers store information on patient care, research and more, and the IT department is ever vigilant against cyber threats. Portugal Telecom and Telefonica Argentina both said they were also targeted. It said universities and educational institutions were among the hardest hit.

The statement said "due to the efficient cooperation between the institutions, the attack was prevented as were damages, as the targets were identified as well as the methodology of the attack".

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Nonetheless, the experts say such widespread attacks are tough to pull off. Microsoft also recommends running its free anti-virus software for Windows. A hacking group leaked the exploit in a trove of other National Security Agency spy tools last month. Companies including Hitachi and Nissan Motor Co. reported problems but said they said had not seriously affected their business operations. And while Microsoft said it had already released a security update to patch the vulnerability one month earlier, the sequence of events fed speculation that the NSA hadn't told the US tech giant about the security risk until after it had been stolen. Before this, Microsoft had made fixes for older systems, such as 2001's Windows XP, available only to mostly larger organizations that pay extra for extended support. Those who have Windows Update enabled are protected against attacks on this vulnerability. It says any device using Windows is vulnerable to the ransomware.

Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven rich countries were to commit on Saturday to joining forces to fight the growing threat of worldwide cyber attacks, according to a draft statement of a meeting they are holding in Italy."Appropriate economy-wide policy responses are needed", the ministers said in their draft statement, seen by Reuters. The malicious software has infected more than 75,000 computers in 99 countries worldwide on Friday, a lot of them concentrated in Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan, according to Dutch cyber security company Avast Software BV. Domain names often function as malware command and control centers, so MalwareTech simply bought the domain name which triggered the kill switch for WannaCrypt. Microsoft worked throughout the day to ensure we understood the attack and were taking all possible actions to protect our customers. The server operates as a "sinkhole" to collect information about malware - and in Friday's case kept the malware from escaping.

The NHS, which was showcased in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, employs more than 1.5 million people, making it the world's fifth biggest employer after the USA and Chinese militaries, Walmart and McDonald's.

It turned out that the ransomware code was written to connect to an unregistered domain and "if the connection is not successful it ransoms the system, if it is successful, the malware exits". Intelligence officials wouldn't comment on the authenticity of the claims. But some experts have argued this attack could have been vastly mitigated if the NSA told Microsoft sooner.

"There are other criminals who've launched this attack, and they are ultimately responsible for this", he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, noting the technology's link to the USA spy service, said it should be "discussed immediately on a serious political level". "Because they could have done something ages ago to get this problem fixed, and they didn't do it".


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