White House: Cyberattack has not affected US government

White House: Cyberattack has not affected US government

White House: Cyberattack has not affected US government

But the bitcoin money often has to be converted into real-world currency at some point.

Tanz said another way to protect yourself against ransomware attacks is to back up your files remotely. Raiu said investigators are scouring the Tor darknet to trace the command and control servers.

However, the patch is not installed worldwide or even in all places, said Bossert, and he warned people who have neither installed the patch or updated their software that it is "imperative you do so to get through this and continue to through this, as the inevitable morphing and variance of this attack will change over the week".

"The attack appears to be slowing down anyway".

"We haven't fully dodged this bullet at all until we're patched against the vulnerability itself", Kalember said.

Germany's interior ministry says software companies need to do their own homework, rather than blame governments for security breaches.

Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency were still working around the clock, said the official, who spoke with Reuters.

"The growth rate of infected institutions on Monday has slowed significantly compared to the previous two days", said Chinese Internet security company Qihoo 360, according to the Reuters news agency.

It is believed to be the biggest online extortion ever, hitting British hospitals, German rail and companies and government agencies.

President Donald Trump's top cyber and homeland security advisor said Monday that no United States government systems had been hit by the world's biggest ransomware attack.

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Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert takes the podium from White House press secretary Sean Spicer, to speak about the mass destruction offensive malware, Monday, May 15, 2017, during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. However, a Microsoft security patch released in March should protect United States networks from the ransomware called, WannaCry.

Over the weekend, Microsoft President Brad Smith blamed a hacking tool stolen from the National Security Agency, and Bossert said he is "absolutely right that this is an urgent call for collective action".

Noting that the administration is closely monitoring the situation around the clock at the highest levels of government, Bossert said the United States is bringing all the capabilities of the USA government to bear on this issue, and is working side-by-side with its partners in the private sector and global partners. Bossert says the USA hasn't ruled out involvement by a foreign government, but that the recent ransom demands suggest a criminal network.

Broadcaster NTV reported 600 companies and 2,000 computers in Japan had been affected.

Quincy Larson, a software engineer told ABC News that it is critical to install updates to your operating system as they become available. No major Indian corporations reported disrupted operations.

The Beijing News said Sunday that students at several universities around the country reported being hit by the virus, which blocked access to their thesis papers and dissertation presentations.

The Kaspersky Lab, a security solutions firm, had estimated that up to 5 per cent of computers affected globally could be in India.

With this attack, when a person logs into a computer, the screen is locked and a link appears urging the user to pay a ransom of $300 or more to have his or her data restored.

Health officials say seven of the 47 affected are still having IT problems and have asked for "extra support" from the National Health Service.

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