By Dustin Volz and Eric Auchard WASHINGTON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – U.S. and European officials scrambled to catch the culprits behind a massive ransomware worm that caused damage across the globe over the weekend, stopping car factories, hospitals, shops and schools, amid fears it could wreck fresh havoc on Monday when employees return to work. Cybersecurity experts said the spread of the virus dubbed WannaCry – “ransomware” which locked up more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries – had slowed, but the respite might only be brief. The investigations into the attack were in the early stages, and attribution for cyber attacks is notoriously difficult. U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday night ordered his homeland security advisor, Tom Bossert, to convene an “emergency meeting” to assess the threat posed by the global attack, a senior administration official told Reuters.
May 15, 2017 at 02:45PM