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The attack hit major companies in countries like Spain, India, and the UK, and now appears to have reached the US.

"We confirm our company's computer network was compromised today as part of global hack," American pharmaceutical company Merck & Co tweeted. We are investigating the matter and will provide additional information as we learn more." The New Jersey-based drugmaker made the announcement around 11 am on Monday.

Internal communications instructed employees to disconnect mobile devices from the network and refrain from posting on social media, according to the .

“The company is currently experiencing a hostile ransomware attack on its network systems,” the internal communication said.

They discouraged those affected from paying the ransom, and urged consumers to update any unpatched and unsupported software.

[Updated on June 28, 2017] It looks like 2016 should be declared a year of ransomware, as new families and new versions are popping up every now and then like mushrooms after the rain. The new versions of ransomware use strong asymmetrical encryption with long keys so that files cannot be decrypted without the key.

Ransomware works by locking users out of their computers and demanding a ransom in order to re-gain entry.

The ransom in his virus is reported to be 0 (£235).

“While IT risk management and global security respond to this threat please remain calm.” The company had reported sizeable stock market gains just that day, after revealing that a promising new cholesterol drug had passed major tests.