Of the 48 affected NHS England hospitals, six remain unoperational

How to protect yourself from the massive worldwide cyberattack

And all this may be just a taste of what's coming, another cyber security expert warned.

Indeed, while FedEx Corp. reported that its Windows computers were "experiencing interference" from malware - it wouldn't say if it had been hit by the ransomware - other impacts in the US were not readily apparent on Saturday. This virus hacks computers and asks users to pay a ransom to access their files.

Bitcoin, the world's most-used virtual currency, allows anonymous transactions via heavily encrypted codes.

Laurent Marechal, a cyber security expert at McAfee, said: "We still don't know if this is worsening or easing".

The Government's response to the NHS cyber attack has been "chaotic", with cuts leaving hospitals "wide open" to being compromised, according to Labour.

"This attack was so simple and unsophisticated", he said.

A 22-year-old British researcher who uses the Twitter name MalwareTech has been credited with inadvertently helping to stanch the spread of the assault by identifying the web domain for the hackers' "kill switch" - a way of disabling the malware. "We are in the second wave", said Matthieu Suiche of Comae Technologies, a cybersecurity company based in the United Arab Emirates.

He became an worldwide sensation after he prevented hundreds of thousands of computers from being infected by the virus that wreaked havoc across the NHS. But so far several said they have found no way to break the encryption.

Some researchers warn that copycat attacks could follow.

"Mr. Fallon said the government had already identified cyberattacks as one of the three greatest threats to Britain's security, and had pledged nearly 2 and a half billion dollars to protect IT infrastructure".

China's information security watchdog said "a portion" of Windows systems users in the country were infected, according to a notice posted on the official Weibo page of the Beijing branch of the Public Security Bureau on Saturday. Some Italian universities were hit.

Cybersecurity firm Avast said it tracked more than 75,000 ransomware attacks in 99 countries Friday.

Interior minister Amber Rudd chaired a meeting of Britain's national emergencies committee.

French carmaker Renault was forced to stop production at sites in France, Slovenia and Romania, while FedEx said it was "implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible".

Major global companies said they also came under attack.

He said: "First of all we can not force people to join the army, we don't have conscription in this country, the army has to compete with other sectors in the economy".

In the aftermath of the attack it was revealed a number of trusts still use the outdated Windows XP operating system that was first released in 2001.

CERT-In has alerted vital institutions including RBI, stock markets and NPCI against the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack that has infected thousands of systems globally.

"Across the globe, events today have been at the lower end of our expectations", said Ciaran Martin, the head of the National Cyber Security Centre which is part of Britain's surveillance spy agency GCHQ.

The attack targeted Windows computers that had not installed patches released by Microsoft in March, or older machines running software that Microsoft no longer supports, including the 16-year-old Windows XP system, researchers said.

Shortly after that disclosure, Microsoft announced that it had already issued software "patches" for those holes.

"It seems a lot like the actors responsible for this are fairly amateur because of the implementation that they used for the kill switch", Huss told CNN.

The attack struck at least 16 British National Health Service organisations, along with computer networks of companies and municipalities in dozens of other countries.

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