Global cyberattack spreads as experts try to limit the damage

The cyberattack hit businesses, hospitals and government agencies in at least 150 countries. Early Monday, governments and companies in Asia, including Japanese conglomerate Hitachi Ltd. and a chain of movie-theaters in South Korea, disclosed new infections.

Chinese state media reported nearly 40,000 public and private institutions had been hit in the country. The official Cyberspace Administration of China said victims included government agencies and private corporations, hitting sectors including education, banking and information technology.

French auto maker Renault SA, which closed plants across Europe over the weekend after being hit, said it was keeping one of its plants in France offline Monday to run tests. It expected full production back up Tuesday, a spokesman said…

There was also some early finger pointing Monday. Russia, which virus trackers said was among the hardest hit in the attack, accused the U.S. of being the source of the attack. Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country hadn’t been significantly affected.