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MAY 16, 2017

     The culprits should be caught and put in jail forever, or worse.  The biggest cyberattack the world has ever seen is still claiming victims and threatens to create even more havoc.  The attack is a virus that locks people out of their computer files until they pay a ransom to the hackers.  Experts say the spread of the virus had been stymied by a security researcher in the U.K. Hackers have issued new versions of the virus that cyber security organizations are actively trying to counter and stamp out.

     The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre said Sunday that there have been "no sustained new attacks" of the kind that struck Friday. But the agency added that some infections may not yet have been detected, and that existing infections can spread within networks. The attack was "unprecedented" in its reach, with more than 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries.

     Organizations around the world spent the weekend trying to recover after being hit by a virus that seeks to seize control of computers until victims pay a ransom.  Hospitals, major companies and government offices were among those that were badly affected. Cybersecurity experts have said the majority of the attacks targeted Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan. But U.K. hospitals, Chinese universities and global firms like Fedex (FDX) also reported they had come under assault.

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