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"Gone are the days of simple annoyance with viruses and worms (like) flashing screens and website defacement", he said.

He said few banks in Europe had been affected, having learned through the "painful experience of being the number one target of cyber crime" the value of having the latest cyber security in place.

"It's one of those things, in a flawless world, if people were up to date on the patches, this wouldn't be a problem", O'Leary said. "Which we will", she said.

The countries, including India, were hit by what is believed to be the biggest-ever recorded cyberattack on Friday with investigators looking for those behind the hack that affected systems at banks, hospitals and government agencies globally, media reports said.

The cyberattack paralysed computers that run Britain's hospital network, Germany's national railway and scores of other companies and government agencies worldwide.

"The message to patients is clear: the NHS is open for business".

In the United Kingdom, 45 organisations in the National Health Service were affected, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said on Saturday, and hospitals in London, North West England and Central England urged people with non-emergency conditions to stay away as technicians tried to stop the spread of the malicious software.

Mr Hunt has come under fire for failing to appear in public since the attack, which hit 47 trusts in England and 13 Scottish health boards.

"We've never seen anything like this", the head of the European Union's policing agency told Britain's ITV television, calling its reach "unprecedented".

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Highlighting an incident at Papworth Hospital near Cambridge where a nurse clicked on a malicious link and malware infected her computer and started to encrypt sensitive files, he wrote in his study, "Fortunately, the hospital's daily data backup had just been completed".

The ransomware exploits a vulnerability in outdated versions of Microsoft Windows that is particularly problematic for corporations that don't automatically update their systems.

Businesses that are at particular risk of a ransomware attack are those where operational access to data is critical, which is why the impact on the NHS has been disproportionately serious. Yet in an unusual step, they released a patch for those older systems because of the magnitude of the outbreak.

"This guidance was also reissued on Friday following the emergence of this issue". The NHS has said hospitals have had to cancel some outpatient appointments because of the attack.

The Indonesian government urged businesses to update computer security after two hospitals were affected by the cyber attack.

The virus targeted computers using Windows XP, as well as Windows 7 and 8, all of which Microsoft stopped servicing years ago.

Asked if warnings had been ignored, Mrs May said: "No".

"We put aside £50 million specifically for cyber security and for the NHS".

American computers appeared unaffected, said Michael Daly, the chief technology officer of Raytheon Cybersecurity and Special Missions, largely because of more diligent protections.

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