Cyberattack wave ebbs, but experts see risk of more

Global extortion cyberattack hits dozens of nations

Global ransomware attack hits 74 countries

It is understood the number of systems affected at each of the Scottish health boards fell into single figures - bar NHS Lanarkshire where more machines were affected.

Officials struggled to explain why some NHS computers had not been "patched" with Microsoft updates to close the vulnerability that allowed the worm to spread across its networks.

"The government's response has been chaotic, to be frank", Labour's health spokesman Jon Ashworth said.

The warning was echoed by Britain's National Cyber Security Centre: "As a new working week begins it is likely, in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, that further cases of ransomware may come to light, possibly at a significant scale".

Following on from the news that the NHS and organisations in 150 countries around the world have been affected by a cyber attack, there have been fresh fears that the ransomware virus could spread even further when people return to work on Monday.

BLOOD tests at hospitals across Mid Essex are "unavailable" after the NHS was hit by a cyber attack last week.

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"We need to get to the bottom of why the government thought cyber-attacks were not a risk, when a combination of warnings and plain common sense should have told ministers that there is a growing and unsafe threat to our cyber-security", Lib Dem Shadow Home Secretary Brian Paddick said on Saturday.

"We have a long way to go as far as our sophistication in what we need to do in order to put together a plan and a system for cyber security", says Congressman Ruppersberger.

MalwareTech, who wants to remain anonymous, was hailed as an "accidental hero" after registering a domain name to track the spread of the virus, which actually ended up halting it. The attacks are being blamed on a piece of malware called WCry, WannaCry or Wana Decryptor, alleged to have been stolen from the National Security Agency.

"Once they're let out of the lamp, genies of this kind, especially those created by intelligence services, can later do damage to their authors and creators", he said.

"More than 75,000 detections" Jakub Kroustek of the security firm Avast said in a blog post update around 2000 GMT, "We are now seeing more than 75,000 99 countries".

Russia's central bank acknowledged attacks on its computers, but said no data had been compromised.

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Although the NHS is clearly under tight financial constraints, governments have significant resources to mitigate cyber-threats and can raise large amounts of money if politicians choose to do so.

It was not immediately clear whether those services were suspended due to attacks, or for emergency patching to prevent infection.

The WannaCry virus infects only machines running Windows operating systems.

She said the attack had not been focused on the NHS but was part of a wide global issue, and said the government had invested 2 billion pounds in cyber security.

Widespread disruptions were reported today throughout Asia.

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.

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Computers in more than 150 countries have been hit by what experts are calling an unprecedented mass cyberattack using ransomware.

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