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Ransomware attack: Wannacry makes Russia and China cry more

Thousands of computers in China and Japan was hit by Wannacry virus. U.S government were accused by Microsoft of developing ‘Eternal Blue’ exploit.

The latest evidence suggests “phishing” emails are unlikely to have caused the global cyber-attack that wreaked havoc at dozens of NHS trusts and hit hundreds of thousands of computers in 150 countries.

The virus was spread through suspicious emails, saying that computers were vulnerable to the bug regardless of how vigilant users were. Unless IT departments patched the virus and backed up their files they could be hit by the attacks.

Putin said Russia had “nothing to do” with the attack and blamed the US for creating the hacking software that affects Microsoft computers.

Malware created by intelligence agencies can backfire on its creators,” said Putin, speaking to media in Beijing. He added that global leaders needed to discuss cyber security at a “serious political level” and said the US has backed away from signing a cyber-security agreement with Russia.

Japanese computer experts said around 2,000 PCs had been affected while the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that almost 30,000 had been hit.

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