United States declares North Korea the culprit behind devastating WannaCry ransomware attack

United States declares North Korea the culprit behind devastating WannaCry ransomware attack

United States declares North Korea the culprit behind devastating WannaCry ransomware attack

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled "It's Official: North Korea Is Behind WannaCry", White House Homeland Security advisor Tom Bossert claimed on Monday that the US's findings in their investigation are "based on evidence". At the time, officials noted some common code with the "Lazarus Group", which officials had previously blamed on North Korea.

The public shaming of the state, which has not been confirmed by the White House, is created to hold the North accountable for its actions and "erode and undercut their ability to launch attacks", the official said.

North Korean government representatives could not be immediately reached for comment.

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Cyber risk modeling firm Cyence estimates the potential costs from the hack at $4 billion, while other groups predict losses would be in the hundreds of millions. "We will rally our allies, and we will ensure the U.S.is again the leader in securing the internet we invented".

Back in early May, a series of cyber attacks were carried out with the Wannacry ransomware, hitting a number of countries and doing considerable damage.

The malware spread to thousands of computers in over 150 countries, encrypting data and demanding BitCoin payments as ransom.

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Ahead of the claims about North Korea being responsible for the WannaCry attack, on Monday, the United States military released photos of massive joint drills it underwent recently with its ally South Korea, and have called the exercise 'Warrior Strike IX'. The senior administration official declined to comment about whether US intelligence was able to discern if the attack was deliberate.

"The US is trying to shift responsibility for tensions on the Korean Peninsula to us with its dialogue offensive", the North Korean daily Rodong Sinmun said in a report.

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"What we see is a continued pattern of North Korea misbehaving, whether destructive cyber attacks, hacking for financial gain, or targeting infrastructure around the globe", the official said. Now, seven months later, we finally know who was behind the widespread ransomware campaign: North Korea.

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