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A new cyberattack similar to WannaCry hits businesses, port operators and government systems in Asia, Europe, U.S. and South America.


The WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack has hit more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday.




Another major cyber-attack could be imminent after Friday’s global hit that infected more than 125,000 computer systems in 100 countries.


The Telegraph:  “….The UK security expert, who was hailed an “accidental hero” for halting the spread of Friday’s virus, predicted that a further attack could come on Monday…..”

A global cyberattack disrupted Britain’s health system and infected computers in dozens of other countries.


“…..Pirates encrypted files and demanded staff pay ransoms of $300 (£233) per computer via the digital currency service Bitcoin to regain access.

They warned the sum would be doubled if it was not paid within three days.

Pictures posted on social media showed screens of NHS computers with images demanding payment of 300 US dollars worth of the online currency Bitcoin, saying: “Ooops, your files have been encrypted!”

It adds: “Maybe you are looking for a way to recover your files, but do not waste your time.”

It demands payment in three days or the price is doubled, and if none is received in seven days the files will be deleted – but there is evidence patient details have been accessed…..”


Breaking News: Cyberattack in U.K. Hits 16 Health Institutions

NY Times

  • blocking doctors from gaining access to patient files,
  • causing emergency rooms to divert patients
  • stoking fears about hackers’ ability to wreak havoc on vital public services.

Authorities say the Iranian computer hack of a New York dam is the symptom of a huge weakness in the U.S. infrastructure — dams, stadiums, traffic controls and power grids that can be accessed by anyone, including hostile nations or terrorists — with simple passwords or no passwords at all.




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