IT staff unplugged computers in a race to stop the malware spreading. And an anonymous tip-off enabled BBC Hscker to follow the ransom negotiations in a live chat on the dark web. Cyber-security experts say these sorts of negotiations are now happening all over the world - sometimes for even larger sums - against the advice of law-enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Europol and the UK's National Cyber Security Centre. Netwalker alone has been linked to at least two other ransomware attacks on universities in the past two months. But there is also a countdown timer ticking down to a time when the hackers either double the price of their ransom, or delete the data they have scrambled with malware.

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