Cyberattack havoc could grow as work week begins

The fallout from an unprecedented global cyberattack which has hit more than 200,000 victims could worsen Monday as people return to work, European and British policing and security agencies warned. The cyberattack paralyzed computers that run Britain's hospital network, Germany's national railway and scores of other companies and government agencies worldwide.

"At the moment we are in the face of an escalating threat, the numbers are going up, I am anxious about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn their machines on Monday morning".

"The numbers are still going up", Wainwright said.

Although a temporary fix earlier slowed the infection rate, the attackers had now released a new version of the ransomware, he said. His concerns were echoed by James Clapper, former director of national intelligence under President Barack Obama. "Many of those will be businesses including large corporations".

He said it was unclear so far how it had started but ransomware generally spread via a few different methods. But he said the country was safe from the major impacts of the attack, which was believed to be the same thing as the one that reached thousands of computer systems in the United Kingdom in an extortion plot.

High-profile victims include hospitals in Britain, the Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, French carmaker Renault, US package delivery company FedEx, Russia's interior ministry and the German rail operator Deutsche Bahn.

Students at universities in China were locked out of their work, including dissertations and thesis papers, according to Chinese media and reported by The Associated Press.

"And also existing known infections can spread, we can't say what scale the new cases will occur at but it's likely there will be some".

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The WannaCry malware is created to check a gobbledygook web address and shut down if it gets a response - which one researcher managed to do last week.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said the concerning incident shows measures to prevent future attacks need to be a priority. That cheap move redirected the attacks to MalwareTech's server, which operates as a "sinkhole" to keep malware from escaping.

He said his research experience on targeted attacks made him doubt a nation state was involved here.

"It's quite an easy change to make, to bypass the way we stopped it", MalwareTech, who uses an alias, told the Associated Press.

Darien Huss, a 28-year-old research engineer who assisted the anonymous British researcher lauded a hero, said he was "still anxious for what's to come in the next few days because it really would not be so hard for the actors behind this to re-release their code without a kill switch or with a better kill switch".

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, said the outbreak could continue to infect more systems and other victims may emerge. "So they no longer get the security updates they should be".

Code for exploiting that bug, which is known as "Eternal Blue", was released on the internet last month by a hacking group known as the Shadow Brokers.

He said: "We have been concerned for some time that the healthcare sectors in many countries are particularly vulnerable".

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