New cyber chaos appears to have been avoided: Europol

But he also placed fault in national governments.

"A protection system. needs to be worked out", he said.

Cyber security firms had urged all users to update Windows software last month after hackers leaked a cyber tool stolen from the US National Security Agency.

He warned governments against stockpiling such code and said instead they should vulnerabilities to manufacturers - not sell, store or exploit them, lest they fall into the wrong hands. "An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen", attorney Brad Smith wrote on Microsoft's blog.

Thus, governments and cyber-security forces should treat it as a "wake-up call".

Though the spread of the ransomware slowed Monday, many companies and government agencies were still struggling to recover from the first attack.

Colleges: Internet security firm Qihoo360 issued a "red alert" over the weekend, saying a large number of colleges and students in China had been hit by the ransomware attack.

The indiscriminate attack began Friday and struck banks, hospitals and government agencies, exploiting known vulnerabilities in older Microsoft computer operating systems.

In the U.S. FedEx was hit.

Europol executive director Rob Wainwright had warned on Sunday the situation could worsen when workers return to their offices on Monday after the weekend and logged on.

"We've lost all the data from Friday because we've gone back to the back-up on Thursday night, but we're able to see patients perfectly normally this morning". That doubles to $600 if the demand isn't met within three days and if a week goes by without payment the victims are threatened that their files could be deleted forever.

Bitcoin, the world's most-used virtual currency, allows anonymous transactions via heavily encrypted codes.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had said yesterday that a few systems of the Police Department in Andhra Pradesh were impacted and that the state government has been informed to follow the advisory by the CERT-In.

Reuters reported that U.S President Donald Trump ordered his homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, to hold an emergency meeting Friday night to assess the threat posed by the ransomware attack.

A hacking group called Shadow Brokers released the malware in April, claiming to have discovered the flaw from the NSA, Kaspersky said.

Ransomware spreads easily when it encounters unpatched or outdated software.

Anti-virus experts Symantec said the majority of organisations affected were in Europe. "The numbers are going up", he added.

Earlier, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed there had not been a second wave of attacks on NHS trusts and said it was "encouraging" that the level of criminal activity was at "the lower end of the range" anticipated.

Carmaker Renault said one of its French plants, which employs 3,500 people, wasn't reopening Monday as a "preventative step". Chinese media reported that more than 29,000 institutions in the country had been hit, with universities and other educational entities the hardest hit, along with railway services and retailers.

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