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It has been suspected for some time now that the malware came from a cache of hacking tools reportedly stolen by hacking group Shadow Brokers from the NSA and leaked on the internet.

The NSA and White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the Microsoft statement, Reuters news agency reported.

A spokesman for NHS Digital said: "Our understanding is that if that had been acted on it would have prevented (the malware attack)".

He declined to identify clients that had been affected.

Cyber security experts said the spread of the worm dubbed WannaCry - "ransomware" that locked up more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries - had slowed but that the respite might only be brief amid fears it could cause new havoc on Monday when employees return to work.

"The global reach is unprecedented. and those victims, many of those will be businesses, including large corporations", Europol Director Rob Wainwright told Britain's ITV. And it's why we've pledged our support for defending every customer everywhere in the face of cyberattacks, regardless of their nationality. "I am anxious about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn on their machines on Monday morning".

And more local computer systems are expected to be hit.

"We're in a very hard fight against these ever more sophisticated cyber crime syndicates that are using encryption to hide their activity", he said.

Renault on Saturday said it had halted manufacturing at plants in Sandouville, France and Romania to prevent the spread of ransomware in its systems. "Otherwise they're literally fighting the problems of the present with tools from the past".

Germany's rail operator Deutsche Bahn said its station display panels were affected.

Russian Railways: State media said a virus attacked the IT system of Russian Railways, but it did not affect operations due to a prompt response. Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Fallon said the Vanguard submarines that carry the deterrent "operate in isolation" when on patrol, implying that they can't be hacked remotely.

Indian officials, who declined to be named, said no major incident of cyberattack has been brought to the notice of CERT-In yet.

Even if the problem has been fixed, for now, the long-term issue persists, where millions of unprotected systems are still widely used.

"This malware is targeting a vulnerability patched two months ago, so for businesses keeping their systems updated, this is a non-event", he says. The domain was not registered, so the virus simply moved on to new targets until a researcher bought it for $11.

MalwareTech, who wants to remain anonymous, was hailed as an "accidental hero" after registering a domain name to track the spread of the virus, which actually ended up halting it.

"Version 1 of WannaCrypt was stoppable but version 2.0 will likely remove the flaw".

But for home users, staying safe from ransomware is actually relatively simple if you obey a few rules. Cybersecurity researcher Darien Huss, whom MalwareTech credited with assisting in stopping the first outbreak, tweeted Sunday morning that a new outbreak could be oncoming, as likely copycats released an updated version of the ransomware, without the previously used "kill switch". "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".