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Cyber security experts said Australian businesses and government agencies got lucky in avoiding potentially devastating effects from a global ransomware cyber attack, which wreaked havoc around the world at the weekend, but warned problems could emerge as organisations return to work on Monday.

Unlike in Britain, where some hospitals ground to a halt, no major victims of the so-called WannaCry malware attacks have emerged in Australia, where there was only one unnamed case of infection, after companies called in security staff on Saturday to quickly update software patches.

However, despite Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull seeking to calm any local alarm over the weekend, the government's cyber security experts have copped some criticism for failing to show sufficient leadership in proactively advising organisations about the threats and required course of action.

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