Microsoft Blames NSA For WCry Ransomware

"You are dealing with a criminal", he said.

Brad Smith slammed United States intelligence agencies, including the CIA and National Security Agency, for "stockpiling" software code that can be used by hackers.

A cybersecurity researcher in Britain managed to slow down its spread by activating the software's "kill switch", but there were fears that the cybercriminals would release even more malicious versions.

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India's cyber security unit CERT-In on Monday said it has not received any formal report of cyber attack on India's vital networks by the crippling global ransomware, "WannaCry".

In France, auto manufacturer Renault said one of its plants, which employs 3,500 people in Douai, northern France, wasn't reopening Monday as technicians continued to deal with the aftermath of the global cyberattack.

Cybersecurity experts revealed the unknown hackers who launched the weekend's "ransomware" attacks used a vulnerability that was exposed in NSA documents leaked online.

"This is a huge wake up call for security practitioners, software developers and businesses alike".

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The ransomware, called "WannaCry" has hit more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday, Europol says.

Also on Monday, a major South Korean theater chain, CJ CGV, said that some 50 of its theatres had been affected by the malware, Yonhap news agency reported.

The message in the attack demanded payment of US$300 in Bitcoin within three days; if not, the ransom was to double; by the seventh day and if no ransom was paid, all the files inside the computer would be deleted, according to the spokesman.

The virus encrypts certain files on the computer and then blackmails the user for money in exchange for the access to the files. And it has potential to create much more damage because it's likely to be lurking on computers in offices around the world that haven't been used since Friday.

Computer security experts have assured individual computer users who have kept their operating systems updated that they are relatively safe, but urged companies and governments to make sure they apply security patches or upgrade to newer systems.

The NHS was among hundreds of organisations affected around the world, with 47 trusts hit.

Spanish firm Telefonica, French automaker Renault, the USA -based delivery service FedEx and the German railways Deutsche Bahn were among those affected.

The virus disrupted the work of at least 2,000 computers at 600 locations in Japan on Saturday, Japan's Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center said, as cited by Nikkei newspaper. Experts say this vulnerability has been understood among experts for months, yet too many organisations either failed to take it seriously or chose not to share what they'd found. Since that initial attack, agencies and companies from the police to banks and communications firms have put preventive measures in place, while Qihoo 360 Technology Co., Tencent Holdings Ltd. and other cybersecurity firms have begun making protection tools available, the internet overseer said.

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