Scores of countries hit by cyber attack using stolen NSA bug

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Nearly hundred countries, including India, were hit by a massive cyber attack which experts said was carried out with the help of “cyber weapons” stolen from the US’ National Security Agency.

cyber attackThe cyber attack was first reported from Sweden, Britain and France, US media outlets reported. An increase in activity of the malware was noticed yesterday, security software company Avast reported, adding that it “quickly escalated into a massive spreading”.

Within hours, over 75,000 attacks have been detected worldwide, the company said. Meanwhile, the MalwareTech tracker detected over 100,000 infected systems over the past 24 hours.

Security researchers with Kaspersky Lab have recorded more than 45,000 attacks in 99 countries, including the UK, Russia, Ukraine, India, China, Italy, and Egypt. In Spain, major companies including telecommunications firm Telefonica were infected.

The most disruptive attacks were reported in the UK, where hospitals and clinics were forced to turn away patients after losing access to computers.

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (USCRT) under the Department of Homeland Security said it has received multiple reports of WannaCry ransomware infections in many countries around the world.

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