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Global Cyberattack Second Wave Feared Amid Aftershocks of First

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By    |   Monday, 15 May 2017 10:37 AM

A global cyberattack second wave was awaited Monday morning as employees in about 150 countries went back to work braced for aftershocks of Friday's attack, being referred to as the worst "online extortion" ever.

The U.S. was mostly saved when a kill switch stopped the malware from spreading. Thousands of computers and other Microsoft-based systems in Europe and Russia had already fallen victim to the ransomware attack, reported ABC News.

The computers were locked down in exchange for ransom payments, said Mashable.

Companies were being encouraged to update their Microsoft systems so the software isn't vulnerable to malware like WannaCry, which puts a lock on computers, steals its data, and then demands payment in Bitcoins before later destroying the data it collected.

Security experts said a second wave of the attack could affect employees across the globe again, starting Monday and even spilling into the rest of the week.

"We are in the second wave," said Matthieu Suiche of the cybersecurity firm Comae Technologies on Sunday, per The New York Times.

Darien Huss, a senior security research engineer at Proofpoint, warned that "a new attack" was a major concern following the first cyber assault.

"(A new attack) is a huge concern right now," Huss told ABC News. "It would not be very difficult at all to re-release this ransomware attack without a kill switch or without an approved kill switch that only they can activate."

"The way these attacks work means that compromises of machines and networks that have already occurred may not yet have been detected, and that existing infections from the malware can spread within networks," Britain's National Cyber Security Center said Sunday.

"This means that as a new working week begins it is likely, in the U.K. and elsewhere, that further cases of ransomware may come to light, possibly at a significant scale," officials said.

President Donald Trump has ordered his homeland security adviser, Thomas P. Bossert, to determine what the government's response to these attacks will be, noted the Times.

Bossert will also be searching for who is responsible for the first wave of ransomware attacks as well as those involved in a possible second wave.

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