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'WannaCry' virus spreads to Asia, experts warn of new wave

LONDON -- The worldwide "ransomware" cyberattack spread to thousands more computers on Monday as people across Asia logged in at work, disrupting businesses, schools, hospitals and daily life. But no new large-scale outbreaks were reported, and British officials said a feared second wave of infections had not materialized.

The new infections were largely in Asia, which had been closed for business when the malware first struck. In Britain, whose health service was among the first high-profile targets of the online extortion scheme, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said "we have not seen a second wave of attacks."

He said "the level of criminal activity is at the lower end of the range that we had anticipated."

The malware, known as "WannaCry," paralyzed computers running factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems, hitting 200,000 victims in more than 150 countries. Among those hit were Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica and FedEx Corp. in the U.S.

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