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Recent cyberattack affects over 150 countries

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A computer malware that has spread across 150 countries appears to be slowing down, however, there were few reports of fresh attacks globally on yesterday.

A spokesperson for police agency Europol said the situation in Europe seems stable. In Asia, where many offices closed before the WannaCry ransomware struck on Friday, the attack has been less severe than expected. The ransomware takes over users’ files, demanding 300 dollars to restore them.

The White House said yesterday that under 70,000 dollars had been paid in total in a bid to get any locked data released. Payments could go up as the ransomware warned the cost would double after three days, and threatened to delete files within seven days if no payment was made.
Computer giant Microsoft said the attack, which has affected hundreds of thousands of computers, should serve as a wake-up call. Among the organisations targeted worldwide have been Germany’s rail network Deutsche Bahn, Spanish telecommunications operator Telefonica, US logistics giant FedEx and Russia’s interior ministry.

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