Taiwan's government offices, hospitals safe from ransonware attack

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Taipei, May 13 (CNA) There have been no incidents of ransomware infection involving government agencies and hospitals in Taiwan, the Executive Yuan said on Saturday, in the wake of reports of a massive global attack linked to the WanaCrypt0r 2.0 ransomware.

The government is closely monitoring the situation, the Cabinet's Department of Cyber Security said in a statement, urging the public not to open any unknown e-mails or links to protect their computers from infection.

The threat posed by WanaCrypt0r 2.0 came to worldwide attention on Friday when over a dozen hospitals in the United Kingdom were reported to have been hit by the ransomware.

According to cyber security firm Avast, more than 75,000 WanaCrypt0r 2.0 attacks had been detected in 99 countries as of Friday.

The ransomware encrypts files in infected computers and demands US$300 in Bitcoin as ransom to recover the files, according to the company.

(By Scarlett Chai and Y.F. Low)

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