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Cyber ransomware attack continues to spread; 2 lakh hit across 150 countries

The unprecedented cyber ransomware attack continues to spread across the globe, even as computer security experts are working non-stop to limit the damage caused. Reports indicate that the malware, including Wanna Decryptor, WannaCry and other versions, has now infected more than 2 lakh computer systems across 150 countries. Experts say that the malware will continue to spread and the most vulnerable computer systems would be those that run the Windows XP platform. The vulnerability in the Windows XP operating system was identified by the US National Security Agency (NSA), which is said to have been stolen by hackers and which is now being used for the ongoing cyber ransomware attack.

Microsoft had issued a patch for the security flaw, but it appears that not all systems have installed the patch. It may be recalled that Microsoft had stopped support for Windows XP systems, but due to this cyber-attack, it has made an exception and has again released a security patch in the hope that it will stop the ransomware from spreading further.

Meanwhile, there are reports that even a more deadly virus or malware could be released by the hackers in the coming days. Security agencies worldwide are working frantically to identify the culprits behind the attack and bring them to justice. However, it remains to be seen if such efforts would bear fruit.

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