White House: Cyberattack has not affected US government

UK working to restore hospital systems after cyberattack

UK working to restore hospital systems after cyberattack

But the homeland security adviser to President Donald Trump added that the malware is still an extremely serious threat to the nation.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's homeland security adviser says that so far, no USA federal systems have been affected by the global cyberattack.

Trump directed Tom Bossert to hold meetings Friday night and Saturday to address the ransomware attack, which has so far affected more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Bossert said he expects more people will be affected when they log into their work computers today.

On Friday, the Kaspersky Lab company registered about 45,000 ransomware attacks in 74 countries worldwide, with the largest number of targets located in Russian Federation.

Tom Bossert says the US government has been closely monitoring the attack. [Image by/Andrew Harnik]"We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the Central Intelligence Agency show up on Wikileaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world..." Ransomware is defined as "a type of malicious software, or malware, created to block access to a computer system until a ransom is paid", according to a 2016 U.S. Department of Homeland Security blog post.

Confirmed at White House meetings, the malware attack affected the U.K.'s National Health Services and Russia's Interior Ministry. The tool was later stolen, according to the Financial Times.

Ryan Kalember, senior vice president at Proofpoint Inc., says that millions of devices could be vulnerable if they haven't applied security patches over the weekend. He says "for so many organizations in the same day to be hit, this is unprecedented".

Other factors were the large number of old, outdated software programs in use and often ineffective security systems. Larson said ransomware is also acquired and spread through your email.

Microsoft issued a security update on March 14 about vulnerabilities in the Windows system.

The NSA created the hacking tool that was leaked online and used in the ransomware attack. The Readiness Team said computer users must "Be careful when clicking directly on links in emails, even if the sender appears to be known".

Specially, no USA federal systems are affected, he said.

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