The Latest: Europol working on probe into global ransomware cyberattack

Map locates top 20 countries affected in the first hours of WannaCry's ransomware cyberattack. (AP)

LONDON (AP) 05/13 — The Latest on the global cyberattack (all times local):

12 p.m. The European Union’s police agency, Europol, says it is working with countries hit by the global ransomware cyberattack to rein in the threat and help victims.

In a statement Saturday, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, known as EC3, said the attack “is at an unprecedented level and will require a complex international investigation to identify the culprits.”

EC3 says its Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce, made up of experts in high-tech crime, “is specially designed to assist in such investigations and will play an important role in supporting the investigation.”

The attack, which locked up computers and held users’ files for ransom, was believed the biggest of its kind ever recorded.

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11:00 a.m.

Germany’s national railway says that it was among the organizations affected by the global cyberattack but there was no impact on train services.

Deutsche Bahn says that departure and arrival display screens at its stations were hit Friday night by the attack. The company said it deployed extra staff to busy stations to provide customer information, and recommended that passengers check its website or app for information on their connections.

The railway said that there was no impact on actual train services.

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10:50 a.m.

The head of Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority or BTK says the nation was among those affected by the ransomware attack. Omer Fatih Sayan said the country’s cyber security center is continuing operations against the malicious software.

The Computer Emergency Response Team of Turkey tweeted that the “wannacry ransomware” is spread over Server Message Block flaws. The team asked users to update antivirus applications and not open suspicious phishing emails.

The effects of the attack on Turkey is unclear.

Citing a written statement by BTK, Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency said the cyberattack affected 74 countries, “including Turkey in a small way.”

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10:45 a.m.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Center says teams are working “round the clock” to restore hospital computer systems after a global cyberattack that hit dozens of countries forced British hospitals to cancel and delay treatment for patients.

The attack, which locked up computers and held users’ files for ransom, was believed the biggest of its kind ever recorded. Several cybersecurity firms said they had identified the malicious software behind the attack, which has apparently hit Russia the hardest.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Saturday that 45 public health organizations were hit, but she stressed that no patient data had been stolen.

Germany’s national railway says departure and arrival display screens at its stations were affected Friday night, but there was no impact on train services.

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