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May 19, 2017

"We have seen earlier that black hats would mainly attack and deface Indian websites but now the objective is mainly money", reported Business Insider.

They are having more luck dissecting flaws that limited its spread.

Apple is not invulnerable to ransomware attacks, "a common misconception", one expert tells CNBC. And giving the hackers what they want proves the worm is effective, the agency said.

'A computer running XP today is a castle with no moat, portcullis raised, doors flung open, greeting the ravaging hoards with wine spritzers and jam, ' said Brian Barrett in Wired.

"The way these attacks work means that compromises of machines and networks that have already occurred may not yet have been detected, and that existing infections from the malware can spread within networks", Britain's National Cyber Security Center said Sunday.

Shares of cyber-security and anti-virus companies are posting strong gains Monday morning, as experts worry about a return of the massive cyber attack that has paralyzed more than 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries, MarketWatch reports.

Windows 10, the latest version of Microsoft's flagship operating system franchise, accounts for another 15 percent, while older versions of Windows including 8.1, 8, XP and Vista, account for the remainder, BitSight estimated.

A Windows security update was released in March, but many users were yet to run it.

The following screen pops up when people have been hacked by the "Wannacry" virus.

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Microsoft declined to comment for this story.

Half of all internet addresses corrupted globally by WannaCry are located in China and Russian Federation, with 30 and 20 percent respectively. Brad Smith, Microsoft's top lawyer, criticized US intelligence agencies for "stockpiling" software code that can be used by hackers.

Darien Huss, a senior security research engineer at Proofpoint, warned that "a new attack" was a major concern following the first cyber assault.

Fortunately, there was some good news in the midst of all this when a 22-year-old cyber security researcher, identified online only as MalwareTech, unintentionally discovered a "kill switch" that halted the unprecedented outbreak, something that may have saved companies and governments millions of dollars, slowing the outbreak before computers were more widely affected.

"Each one has had to be individually assessed to see whether or not it's been infected".

Smith also called cyberattack protection a "shared responsibility" between companies and customers.

British health minister Jeremy Hunt said on Monday it was "encouraging" that a predicted second spike of attacks had not occurred, but the ransomware was a warning to public and private organizations. There are some programs that can help decrypt files.

However, a bug in WannaCry code means the attackers can not use unique bitcoin addresses to track payments, security researchers at Symantec found this week.

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