A timeline of the WannaCry cyberattack

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"The cat-and-mouse will likely continue until [someone] makes a larger change to the malware, removing the kill-switch functionality completely". These variants rely on preconditions, such as publicly accessible specific network ports or user action required by anyone in a large closed network, he added.

A 22-year-old British researcher identified online as "MalwareTech" saw the findings and activated a "kill switch" for the attack, slowing its spread. In March, we provided a security update which provides additional protections against this potential attack.

At Indonesia's biggest cancer hospital, Dharmais Hospital in Jakarta, around 100-200 people packed waiting rooms after the institution was hit by cyber attacks affecting scores of computers.

WannaCry takes advantage of a vulnerability discovered by the NSA and made public by hackers in April.

Apart from the NSA leak, there was also a Central Intelligence Agency leak that happened in March this year, reminded Saket Modi, founder of Delhi-based cybersecurity firm Lucideus.

Dozens of local Chinese authorities said they had suspended some of their services due to the attack that has disrupted operations at auto factories, hospitals, shops and schools around the world.

Chinese local authorities from traffic police to industry regulators were hobbled on Monday by a massive global ransomware attack, but the spread of the WannaCry worm in the country appeared less aggressive than initially feared. This is a cat-and-mouse game that will keep going for a long time. Still, he said, "Microsoft needs to admit that the 20th century is over, it's a much more hostile environment, and that hobbling the NSA won't make us any safer".

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Smith's blog post did not address another factor in the ransomware's spread, one that hints at the difficulty of uniting against a hacking attack: Users of pirated Microsoft software are unable to download the security patch, forcing them to fend for themselves or rely on a third-party source for a solution. He says that when the NSA lost control of the software behind the cyberattack, it was like "the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen". Over 60 per cent of these ATMs run on Windows XP, an outdated version of Windows which has stopped receiving regular software patches from Microsoft. But one major company, Hitachi, said it was experiencing difficulties with its email system. The attacks used to only be able to target one machine at a time.

Problems with cyber security in NHS organisations were highlighted previous year by Dame Fiona Caldicott, the national data guardian, who warned that issues were given insufficient priority and that health bodies persisted in using obsolete computer systems, The Times said.

Pharmacy Board of Australia Chair William Kelly says proprietor pharmacists must ensure that confidential patient information is appropriately stored and accessed. It spread to so many computers so rapidly by using an exploit - software capable of burrowing unseen into Windows computer operating systems.

Instead of having to develop their own arsenals of cyberweapons, they simply had to repurpose work done by the highly skilled cyber experts at the NSA, said Phillip Hallam-Baker, principal scientist at the cybersecurity firm Comodo.

Educating users should come at the top of the list, said Prahlad. "But there are so many things to patch".

Beware of unknown emails, especially if there are attachments or links. How to always have a strong password.

Asked if warnings had been ignored, Mrs May said: "No". None of FactorDaily's investors have any influence on its reporting about India's technology and startup ecosystem.

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