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Worldwide cyberattack forces Microsoft to offer free security fix

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While now on the decline, WannaCrypt could still pose a potential threat to users who have not updated their systems to patch the vulnerability, which affects older versions of Microsoft Windows. Radio Slovenia said Saturday the Revoz factory in the southeastern town of Novo Mesto stopped working Friday evening to stop the malware from spreading - and was working with the central office in France to resolve the problem. "What if the same exact thing happened to a water dam or to a bridge?" he asked.

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

"I think these hackers have to recognize that these authorities will come after them with a vengeance", Gazeley said.

No complaints have been made by any Sri Lankan as of now in connection with the global ransomware attack which had affected at least 99 countries including China, Russia, the U.S. and the United Kingdom, the Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) said.

The extortion attack, which locked up computers and held users' files for ransom, was believed the biggest of its kind ever recorded, disrupting services from the U.S.to Russia, Spain and India.

The virus, called Wanna Decryptor, exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows software first identified by American spies at the National Security Agency (NSA), experts have said.

European Union's law enforcement agency Europol described the attack as unprecedented in terms of its scale. His $11 purchase of the name may have saved governments and companies around the world millions, slowing its spread before USA -based computers were more widely infected.

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The kill switch couldn't help those already infected, however.

Interior Ministry: The Russian Interior Ministry acknowledged a ransomware attack on its computers, adding that less than 1% of computers were affected.

Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan were the top targets, researchers with security software maker Avast has said.

"This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organizations from across a range of sectors". Microsoft says now it will make the fixes free for everyone.

Krishna Chinthapalli, a doctor at Britain's National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery who wrote a paper on cybersecurity for the British Medical Journal, said many British hospitals still use Windows XP software, introduced in 2001. The National Center for the Protection of Critical Infrastructure says Friday it was communicating with more than 100 providers of energy, transportation, telecommunications and financial services about the attack.

The attack targeted Windows computers that had not installed patches released by Microsoft in March, or older machines running software that Microsoft no longer supports, including the 16-year-old Windows XP system, researchers said. Deutsche Bahn said it deployed extra staff to busy stations to provide customer information, and recommended that passengers check its website or app for information on their connections. This attack has impacted many large services and organizations, including hospitals in England, a telecom and natural gas company in Spain, and FedEx.

Renault said it had halted auto production at several sites including Sandouville in northwestern France and plants of Renault-owned Dacia of Romania on Saturday to prevent the spread of ransomware in its systems. IF Odd, a 132-year-old Norwegian soccer club, saying its online ticketing facility was down.

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