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More US firms believed hit by cyberattack

Published:Tuesday | May 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM


A law enforcement official says investigators believe that additional companies in the United States have been affected by the global "ransomware" software cyberattack but have not yet come forward to report the attacks.

The official spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorised to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation.

The official says that investigators have obtained some of the phishing emails and are analysing them for "breadcrumbs" that may lead them to the attackers.

Authorities have been encouraging affected companies to contact law enforcement and not pay the ransom.

While the attack that emerged Friday hitting companies and governments around the world ebbed in intensity yesterday, experts warned that new versions of the virus could emerge.

Investigators fear that the ransomware can be re-released without a kill switch that allowed researchers to interrupt the malware's initial spread.