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Microsoft, which makes Windows, released a patch for the WannaCry vulnerability eight weeks ago, said Mr Chris Wysopal, the chief technology officer of Veracode, an application security company. However, worldwide organisations such as Deutsche Bahn, FedEx, Renault and Telefonica were among others hit as WannaCry spread globally.

On Sunday, the USA software giant called on intelligence services to strike a better balance between their desire to keep software flaws secret - in order to conduct espionage and cyber warfare - and sharing those flaws with technology companies to better secure the internet.

"So these types of attacks are certainly one of the key trends" driving up spending on computer security systems and tools, Grunwitz said, but "buying more software or hardware products will not fix the problem - awareness, procedures and a strategy aligned with the specific risk profile are key".

Microsoft declined to comment for this story. But, Nather said, there's a prominent mindset that if the tech works just fine, there's no real need to update it.

After the Wannacry attack, the central bank reissued its recommendations to Russian banks, the bank said.

Pixabay/TypographyimagesRansomware is a serious threat to home and business networks today following WannaCry's spread in more than 150 countries around the world.

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Fortunately, there was some good news in the midst of all this when a 22-year-old cyber security researcher, identified online only as MalwareTech, unintentionally discovered a "kill switch" that halted the unprecedented outbreak, something that may have saved companies and governments millions of dollars, slowing the outbreak before computers were more widely affected.

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Some security experts are also defending the high fees charged by the company for custom support.

In mid-march, Microsoft distributed a security update after it detected the security flaw in its XP operating system that enabled the so-called WannaCry ransomware to infiltrate and freeze computers last week.

Security experts believe WannaCry may have initially infected machines via email attachments.

If you are already a victim of ransomware, the first thing to do is disconnect your computer from the internet so it does not infect other machines.

The researchers - Adrien Guinet, Matthieu Suiche and Benjamin Delpy - worked separately to find ways to decrypt files scrambled and held hostage by WannaCry.

With more than 300,000 computers worldwide compromised by the WannaCry ransomware in at least 150 countries, including the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, Monday was expected to be a day of reckoning for US healthcare organizations facing the file-encrypting malware.

"The fundamental issue with healthcare data is that it has enduring value to the cybercriminal", he says.

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