Number of cyberattack victims in Europe not rising as feared: Europol

Number of cyberattack victims in Europe not rising as feared: Europol

Number of cyberattack victims in Europe not rising as feared: Europol

Experts say the spread of the virus had been stymied by a security researcher in the U.K. Hackers have issued new versions of the virus that cyber security organizations are actively trying to counter and stamp out.

In an interview with Britain's ITV, Europol Director Rob Wainwright said a cross-border investigation would be necessary to track down the culprits.

Huss is also anxious about copycats, who could "take the exploit code that was used in this attack and implement it into their own virus". In Asia, where many offices closed before the WannaCry ransomware struck on Friday, the attack has been less severe than expected.

But the agency added that some infections may not yet have been detected, and that existing infections can spread within networks.

European authorities have a warning for everyone hit by the worldwide cyberattack: Don't pay the ransom.

Experts say another attack could be imminent and have warned people to ensure their security is up to date.

Russian Railways: State media said a virus attacked the IT system of Russian Railways, but it did not affect operations due to a prompt response.

"If Malware Tech had not sinkholed that domain as quickly as he had, we definitely could have seen many, many more infection that occurred", Huss said.

Europol's Wainwright underscored the point Sunday.

The leading European police agency said Sunday that the devastating WannaCry computer virus had reached an "unprecedented level", claiming 200,000 victims and spreading to at least 150 countries, writes Los Angeles Times. The exploit was leaked last month as part of a trove of NSA spy tools. But computers and networks that hadn't updated their systems were still at risk.

The effects were felt around the globe, disrupting computers that run factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems in nations as diverse as Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Spain, India and the U.S. Britain's National Health Service was hit hard, while Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica, FedEx Corp.in the U.S. and French carmaker Renault all reported disruptions.

However, Wainwright said Europol was working on the basis that the cyber attack was carried out by criminals rather than terrorists, but noted that "remarkably few" payments had been made so far.

"It's one of the most significant cyberattacks that we've seen", Wainwright said.

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