In England Emergency units open 'as normal' again after cyber 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.

"We should expect similar attacks regularly in the coming days and weeks", said Giullaume Poupard, head of French government cyber security agency ANSSI.

Officials across the globe scrambled to catch the culprits behind a massive ransomware worm that disrupted operations at auto factories, hospitals, shops and schools, while Microsoft pinned blame on the USA government for not disclosing more software vulnerabilities.

United States package delivery giant FedEx, European vehicle factories, Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, Britain's health service and Germany's Deutsche Bahn rail network were among those hit.

And according to Qihoo 360, one of China's largest providers of antivirus software, "hundreds of thousands" of computers in the country were affected, including petrol stations, cash machines and universities.

David Kennedy, formerly with the US National Security Agency said the software has stopped from spreading thanks to a "kill switch", but a hacker could change the code and resume the attack at any moment.

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"I'm anxious about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn on their machines on Monday", he said.

The attackers hijack organizations' files and demand ransom money, in the form of Bitcoin, to release the files.

The attack is unique, according to Europol, because it combines ransomware with a worm function, meaning once one machine is infected, the entire internal network is scanned and other vulnerable machines are infected.

Cyber security experts in the National Health Service (NHS) worked alongside the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of the GCHQ spy agency, to patch computer systems after the attack caused widespread problems on Friday, Wallace said.

The attack therefore spread faster than previous, smaller-scale ransomware attacks.

Accident and emergency units in England were almost back to normal on Tuesday, the National Health Service (NHS) said, after the last restrictions put in place following the global cyber attack were lifted.

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