17:00 17 May 2017
WannaCry ransomware that has spread across 150 countries appears to have slowed down. Senior spokesman for Europol, Jan Op Gen Oorth, said: "The number of victims appears not to have gone up and so far the situation seems stable in Europe, which is a success.”
"It seems that a lot of internet security guys over the weekend did their homework and ran the security software updates."
Meanwhile, the attack has been less severe than expected in Asia.
The computer malware takes over users’ files and demand £230 to restore them. It warned that the cost would double after three days and that the files will be deleted within seven days if no payment was made.
Organisations that were affected worldwide include Russia’s interior ministry, Germany’s rail network Deutsche Bahn, Spanish telecommunications operator Telefonica, and US logistics giant FedEx.
In the UK, National Health Service was affected and confirmed that seven out of 47 trusts that were hit were still facing serious issues.
Microsoft said that a Windows security update, which tackle the problem involved in the latest attack, was released in March but many users are yet to run it.
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