Banks' cyber defences hold firm (for now)

So far there are approximately 200,000 victims.

More than 75,000 similar attacks reportedly happened in nearly 100 countries, with Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan hardest hit, according to the cybersecurity firm Avast.

He highlighted that the government had invested £50 million in supporting NHS IT networks during its last strategic defense and security review, and insisted that individual trusts were well-equipped to ensure they could protect themselves against cyber-attack.

That being said, seven of the 47 of Britain's National Health Service trusts that were affected on Friday were still having IT troubles on Monday. And while Microsoft 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 USA tech giant about the security risk until after it had been stolen.

Services in as many as 45 healthcare centers, including hospitals, came to a halt when the malicious malware hit computers from midday Friday.

Its national incident director, Dr Anne Rainsberry, said: 'The message to patients is clear: the NHS is open for business.

Some of the attack's victims were ignoring advice from officials and paying the $300 ransom to unlock their computers, which later doubled to $600.

The latest attack disrupted services worldwide, including in the United States, Spain, France, Turkey, Brazil, Germany, India, China (universities), Ukraine, Taiwan and Russian Federation.

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In addition to Russian Federation, the biggest targets appeared to be Ukraine and India, nations where it is common to find older, unpatched versions of Windows in use, according to security firms.

Digital Health News understands that NHS Wales also managed to avoid hospitals being hit by Friday's cyber security attacks. But the cyber assault has not hammered the U.S. Police Scotland are working with the National Crime Agency on the investigation.

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Mr Smith, said the ransomware attacks used data stolen form NSA, containing information about software vulnerabilities. That amount is expected to increase.

Shipper FedEx Corp said some of its Windows computers were also infected.

A kill switch was accidentally discovered for the "Wannacry" virus that attempts to extort people of money in return for their data by a British cybersecurity researcher.

Some experts have expressed concern that once people get back in the swing of things at work, the problem might jumpstart itself, causing more problems than before. Additionally, NBC News is reporting that at least two new variations of the malware have been detected that skirt over the temporary fix.

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