Eight Aussie companies hit in global cyber attack

The ransomware then encrypted data on the computers, demanding payments of $300-$600 to restore access.

It said the "ransomware virus", which attacked at least 99 countries including China, Russia, the U.S. and Britain on Saturday affecting several organisations had spread via an email.

Cyber security experts say the brunt of the attacks were felt in Russian, including the country's largest mobile phone company.

If the ransomware has only blocked access to your internet browser, you may be able to regain control by accessing your computer's task manager and shutting down the program.

In a blog post late Sunday, Microsoft President Brad Smith appeared to tacitly acknowledge what researchers had already widely concluded: The ransomware attack leveraged a hacking tool, built by the US National Security Agency, that leaked online in April.

He added: "The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call".

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.

It said the unique features of the WannaCry ransomware are its two main components, a "worm functionality" and the ransomware itself.

"At the moment, we are in the face of an escalating threat". While this protected newer Windows systems and computers that had enabled Windows Update to apply this latest update, many computers remained unpatched globally.

"It was early morning Saturday for us, and that meant the bulk of us weren't at our keyboards", the prime minister's cyber security adviser Alastair MacGibbon said.

Wainwright said Europol had been concerned about cyber security in the healthcare sector, which deals with a lot of sensitive data, but declined to comment on whether Britain's National Health Service had been adequately funded.

However Home Secretary Amber Rudd said it was important to remember that it was not just the NHS which had been affected. It also says to block pop-ups adverts, which will stop most potentially unsafe pop-up windows with harmful links appearing on your screen.

French carmaker Renault was forced to stop production at sites in France, Slovenia and Romania, while FedEx said it was "implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible".

Also affected were railway stations, mail delivery, petrol stations, hospitals, office buildings, shopping malls and government services.

From hospitals to telecom companies and even government agencies and business have been targeted by WannaCry, rendering their systems useless.The hackers lock data in such a way that users can not find a workaround and sometimes the pop-ups refuse to close, making it impossible to use the systems.

Universities in China, Italy and Greece were also hit.

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