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Officials in St Lucia have allayed public fears about the possible impact of a computer malware that has affected hospital and government websites in over one hundred countries worldwide.

Suggestions are that the WannaCry ransomware which has spread across 150 countries appears to be slowing down, with few reports of fresh attacks in Asia and Europe on Monday. However staff beginning the working week have been told to be careful.

Information Systems Manager on the Health Management Information Unit in St Lucia Sheralyn Monrose stressed that the malware appears to be affecting windows based systems. She adds that strong safeguards have been put in place to prevent access to hackers.

Monrose notes that limited access to the HMIS unit lowers the risk of penetration. She adds that additional measures are also being taken to beef up the security features on the Linux system used here.

The malware system started taking over users' files on Friday, demanding $300 to restore access. Hundreds of thousands of computers have been affected so far. Computer giant Microsoft said the attack should serve as a wake-up call.

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