States of Jersey 'remain unaffected' by global cyber attack

The cyber attack struck firms across the globe

The cyber attack struck firms across the globe

Shortly after that disclosure, Microsoft announced that it had already issued software "patches, " or fixes, for those holes _ but many users haven't yet installed the fixes or are using older versions of Windows.

This image provided by the Twitter page of @fendifille shows a computer at Greater Preston CCG as Britain's National Health Service is investigating "an issue with IT" Friday May 12, 2017.

But the hackers do not appear so far to have been well rewarded: only about $50,000 has been transferred to their online wallets so far, according to Elliptic Labs which tracks transactions using the internet currency bitcoin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, noting the technology's link to the US spy service, said it should be "discussed immediately on a serious political level".

'Because this would be nowhere near the worldwide spread and depth of attack if people had run the updates that Microsoft had provided in March'.

"The government's response has been chaotic, to be frank", the British Labour Party's health spokesman Jon Ashworth said.

The NHS has been declared "open for business" but some hospitals are still suffering disruption caused by the crippling ransomware attack.

Scottish health secretary Shona Robison said: "Scottish Government health officials are now working closely with affected boards to assess the extent of the problem, and take steps to isolate affected systems, which have been affected by a ransomware cyber-attack of the kind which has also affected health trusts in NHS England".

SHANGHAI-"Hundreds of thousands" of Chinese computers at almost 30,000 institutions including government agencies have been hit by the global ransomware attack, a leading Chinese security-software provider has said, though the Asian impact has otherwise been relatively muted. "It was clear (that) warnings were given to hospital trusts".

"However Friday's attack has highlighted the need for everyone to have appropriate and robust measures in place to protect against cyber attacks which could strike any IT system at any time. We don't have a precedent for something of this scale (in China)", said Marin Ivezic, a cybersecurity expert at PwC in Hong Kong. Security agencies in affected countries were racing to find out.

Elsewhere in Asia, the impact seems to have been more limited.

Large swathes of the NHS were paralysed by the cyber attack, which hit 200,000 victims in 150 countries around the world.

NHS Digital said health trusts across England were sent details of an IT security patch that would have protected them from the attack.

In India, the government said it had only received a few reports of attacks on systems and urged those hit not to pay attackers any ransom.

In his first public comments since the attack on Friday, Mr Hunt told Sky News: "I have this morning been briefed by GCHQ and the National Cyber Security Centre, and according to our latest intelligence, we have not seen a second wave of attacks and the level of criminal activity is at the lower end of the range that we had anticipated, and so I think that is encouraging". There were no reported cases in New Zealand.