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"This is an emerging pattern in 2017", Smith says in a Microsoft company blog post.

For example, if one of your coworkers opens an infected PDF attached to an email, soon everyone in your office could be under attack. The attacks used to only be able to target one machine at a time.

That's why companies are anxious to beef up security or combat potential infections, according to Aviv Grafi, the chief technology officer of Votiro, another cybersecurity firm.

"One such incident pertains to 18 computers of Andhra Pradesh Police. and apart from that, there are five other cases. one of them in Kerala where some of the panchayat computers were affected", Sundararajan said. These institutions had not upgraded to the new Windows system, which has a patch that guards against malware.

Nissan Motor Co. confirmed Monday some units had been targeted, but there was no major impact on its business.

Deutsche Bahn: The German railway company told CNNMoney that due to the attack "passenger information displays in some stations were inoperative" as were "some ticket machines". It said it believed the difficulties are linked to the global cyberattack but they haven't so far harmed its business operations. Its movie ticket systems were unaffected.

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The extortion attack, also called ransomware, used "WannaCry" malware that encrypts users' files until users pay a ransom. Authorities in Europe and the U.S. turned their attention to preventing hackers from spreading new versions of the virus.

He said tech companies, customers and the government need to "work together" to protect against attacks. The statement said antivirus systems are working to destroy it.

Smith argued that the agency should have shared any vulnerability it discovered to the affected companies so that they can be patched.

Microsoft has introduced a security patch to tackle the situation, and consumers across the globe have been advised to download the solution at the earliest.

A computer screen shows an error message after Britain's National Health Service was hacked. Victims ranged from the mundane - a Norwegian soccer club lost its ticket-selling website - to the essential: The British National Health System lost use of digital services throughout many of its hospitals, slowing routine procedures like processing payments and imperiling patients by locking out access to records.

"In the meantime, the college has provided our members with guidance and resources to support them through this challenging time and we will continue to monitor the situation and reassure patients that Global Positioning System and their teams are doing all they can to provide safe care". "We will continue to work with affected (organizations) to confirm this", the agency said.

NHS England said that, as of 3pm on Monday, two hospitals remained on divert following the attack, down from seven on Sunday.

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