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WannaCry ransomware cyber-attacks slow but fears remain

A computer malware that has spread across 150 countries appears to be slowing down, with few reports of fresh attacks globally on Monday.

A spokesperson for police agency Europol said the situation in Europe “seems stable”.

In Asia, where many offices closed before the WannaCry ransomware struck on Friday, the attack has been less severe than expected.

The ransomware takes over users’ files, demanding $300 (£230) to restore them.

Only about $50,000 (£39,000) has been paid so far, according to Elliptic Labs which tracks illicit use of the internet currency Bitcoin.

However, the ransomware warning said that the cost would double after three days, so the payments may increase.

It threatens to delete files within seven days if no payment is made.

Computer giant Microsoft said the attack, which has affected hundreds of thousands of computers, should serve as a wake-up call.

Among the organisations targeted worldwide have been Germany’s rail network Deutsche Bahn, Spanish telecommunications operator Telefonica, US logistics giant FedEx and Russia’s interior ministry.

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