May 13, 2017

Massive ransomware infection hits computers in 99 countries

There are reports of infections in 99 countries, including Russia and China. The malware spread quickly on Friday, with medical staff in the UK reportedly seeing computers go down "One by one". A number of large Spanish firms - including telecoms giant Telefonica, power firm Iberdrola and utility provider Gas Natural - were hit, with reports that staff at the firms were told to turn off their computers. People tweeted photos of affected computers including a local railway ticket machine in Germany and a university computer lab in Italy. Russia's interior ministry said it had "Localised the virus" following an "Attack on personal computers using Windows operating system".

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