Banks reinforce cyber defenses after global attack

The spokesman added: "Unfortunately we are postponing some routine appointment - elective or non-emergency - and we have contacted those affected patients".

The most disruptive cyber attack in the history of Britain's National Health Service propelled a debate over state hospital funding to the center of the election campaign on Monday, though officials said there had been no second wave of infections. "What we don't do in our NHS is micromanage it from the desk", he said. It's not uncommon for them to use aliases, either to protect themselves from retaliatory attacks or for privacy.

"Overall, the USA infection rates have been slower than the rest of the world, but we may still see significant impacts in additional networks as these malware attacks morph and change", said Bossert.

The country's banking system was also attacked, although no problems were detected, as was the railway system.

Meanwhile, new versions of the ransomware have reportedly surfaced, including one without the kill switch exploited by a 22-year-old computer security researcher to shut the attack down.

Computer systems at companies and hospitals in dozens of countries were hit Friday, apparently part of a huge extortion plot.

The global WannaCry "ransomware" cyber attack spread more slowly today with no major infections reported, as attention shifted to investment and government policy implications of lax cyber security.

The malware encrypts files on devices and demands a ransom be paid before they are unlocked.

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The newspaper said that the role of the USA security apparatus in the attack should "instill greater urgency" in China's mission to replace foreign technology with its own.

"They have been working I know through the night nearly to make sure patches are in place to make sure that hopefully the NHS services can get back to normal", he told BBC radio. Patients were asked not to go to hospitals unless it was an emergency and even some key services like chemotherapy were canceled.

The company claimed it "successfully detected" the ransomware activity and "cleaned the malicious file responsible for file encryption from all the attacked systems".

Security minister Ben Wallace said that the NHS had followed "pretty good procedures" in dealing with the attack. However, officials said the spread was starting to slow.

Patch your computers. They should have the latest software update. Microsoft also took the unusual step of releasing security fixes for systems it no longer is keeping up to date, including the Windows XP, first released in 2001 and still widely used in some corners.

"The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call", Smith said.

Experts say the attackers might get more than $1 billion from the scam, although as of Saturday, only $33,000 was deposited into several Bitcoin accounts associated with the ransomware.

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