How to protect yourself from the massive ransomware attack

So far, he said, not many people have paid the ransom demanded by the malware.

Europol's Wainwright underscored the point Sunday.

Microsoft had released in March a patch to fix the flaw exploited this week, but many computers, particularly older systems or devices that hadn't been updated, remained vulnerable.

The attack looks like this: images appear on victims' screens demanding payment of US$300 (275 euros) in the virtual currency Bitcoin, saying: "Ooops, your files have been encrypted!"

The worldwide "ransomware" cyberattack spread to thousands more computers on Monday as people across Asia logged in at work, disrupting businesses, schools, hospitals and daily life.

Avast, an global security software firm that claims it has 400 million users worldwide, said the ransomware attacks rose rapidly Saturday to a peak of 57,000 detected intrusions.

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The suspicion that the vulnerability of systems around the world were exploited by a hacking tool thought to have been developed by America's National Security Agency exposes the fact that governments may be the ones most to blame as their intelligence agencies are the ones who create such openings to spy on people through the communications networks linking smartphones by exploiting loopholes in their operating systems. Fedex said Friday it was "experiencing interference with some of our Windows-based systems caused by malware". Patched computers carry a much lower risk of being infected by malware or ransomware than those without an update.

The "kill" function halted WanaCryptor's ability to copy itself rapidly to all terminals in an infected system - hastening its crippling effect on a large network - once it was in contact with a secret internet address, or URL, consisting of a lengthy alphanumeric string. He immediately claimed the URL for himself, spending about $11 to secure his access, and that greatly slowed the pace of infections in Britain.

"We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the Central Intelligence Agency show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world", Smith wrote.

The identity of Shadow Brokers is unknown though many security experts believe the group that surfaced in 2016 is linked to the Russian government.

The Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center, a nonprofit providing support for computer attacks, said 2,000 computers at 600 locations in Japan were reported affected so far.

The attack, which demanded ransom payments emailed by web link or attachment in 28 languages, hit 230,000 computers running Microsoft Windows in 99 countries when it was launched last Friday.

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The cyberattack that took computer files hostage around the world appeared to slow on Monday as authorities worked to catch the extortionists behind it - a hard task that involves searching for digital clues and following the money.

Experts said it appeared that the ransomware had made just over $32,000, although they expected that number to pop when people went back into the office Monday. If they don't get updates quickly, Smith contends, they're "fighting the problems of the present with tools from the past".

Organizations are scrambling to apply the latest security patch to their computers to prevent the spread of the attack.

Britain's National Health Services first sounded the ransomware alarm Friday.

The effects were felt across the globe, with Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica, FedEx Corp.in the USA and French carmaker Renault all reporting disruptions.

The main targets are however the countries in red.

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