U.S. and European officials scrambling to catch the culprits behind the virus – dubbed ‘WannaCry‘ – that first struck Friday and stretched across some 200,000 businesses in more than 150 countries, forcing victims to pay hundreds of dollars each to regain access to their computers.
U.S. President Donald Trump ordering homeland security advisor Tom Bossert to convene an ’emergency meeting’ to assess the threat in its aftermath, with top U.S. security officials holding a second meeting Saturday to help mitigate the damage.
The original attack began losing momentum late Friday after a security researcher in the U.K., who uses the Twitter handle MalwareTechBlog, stumbled on a way to temporarily limit the worm’s spread. But cyber experts – including the head of the European Union police agency – warn the respite could be short-lived.
Affected businesses include FedEx, Nissan, German rail operator Deutsche Bahn and hundreds of hospitals and clinics in the British National Health Service.