Authorities scramble to restore normal operations in wake of attack
More than 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries were hit by the cyber pandemic that tore through computer systems across the globe in recent days, the head of Europe’s police agency said Sunday, as agencies, cyber cops and companies scrambled to restore normal operations and figure out the roots of the attack.
“This is something we haven’t seen before,” Europol director Rob Wainwright said on U.K. television channel ITV “The global reach is unprecedented.”
He also warned that more damage could be done when computer systems come online Monday after being switched off over the weekend.
Meanwhile, health services across the U.K. worked to restore normal operations in the wake of Friday’s cyberattack, while many gas stations in China were closed after falling victim to the pandemic.
British hospitals and health practices were diverting patients to other facilities to cope with a backlog of appointments. In China, customers at gas stations run by China National Petroleum Corp. were unable to use bank cards and other third-party payment systems, the state-owned energy giant said on its official Twitter -like Weibo account Sunday. As of early Sunday afternoon, nearly 20% of the stations were still out of service, the company said.