Extortionist hack of U.K. hospitals part of worldwide attack

MORE THAN 75,000 COMPUTERS in 99 countries were hacked in a ransomware attack on Friday holding many computers hostage until a ransom is paid. /BLOOMBERG
MORE THAN 75,000 COMPUTERS in 99 countries were hacked in a ransomware attack on Friday holding many computers hostage until a ransom is paid. Above, an estimation of cyber-crime's effects on the world's top 10 economies. /BLOOMBERG
NEW YORK - Extortionist hackers who may be using leaked computer exploits from the U.S. National Security Agency infiltrated computers in dozens of countries in a fast-spreading attack that forced British hospitals to turn away patients and breached systems at Spain’s Telefonica SA and organizations from Russia to Taiwan. The ransomware used in Friday’s cyber-attacks…

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