North Korea Responsible for WannaCry Attack

January 02, 2018
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North Korea is officially behind the WannaCry attack. The White House announced the finding earlier in December. The United Kingdom and Microsoft also came to similar conclusions.

The United Kingdom blamed the attack on the Lazarus Group and stated that they are determined to catch the responsible suspects. Tom Bossert, Homeland Security Advisor to US President Donald Trump, said: “The attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible. North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked for more than a decade, and its malicious behavior is growing more egregious. WannaCry was indiscriminately reckless.”

The WannaCry attack infected more than 300,000 computers throughout the world and forced many British hospitals offline.  It was accomplished when hackers found a flaw in Microsoft’s  Windows software and used it to spread the malicious virus. Many security experts also believe that the Lazarus Group was also responsible for the Sony Pictures hacking that leaked emails, destroyed files and caused the departures of numerous executives.

“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,” a senior administrative official said.

Australia’s government has also condemned the WannaCry attack along with the governments of Canada, New Zealand and Japan. The governments believe that the money stolen by the group is being used to construct nuclear weapons in North Korea. The United States government is demanding that more precaution will be taken to prevent similar incidents. They hope to accomplish this by modernizing information technology and sharing software vulnerabilities with developers in a timely manner.

North Korea has denied the allegations and claims that participating governments are running a smear campaign. The United States has not named or indicted any specific individuals.


Source: CNN/Reuters