Korea For Widespread 'WannaCry' Cyberattack

20 December, 2017, 01:41 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Reuters

"After careful investigation, the USA today publicly attributes the massive "WannaCry" cyberattack to North Korea", Thomas Bossert, the president's homeland security adviser, wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Monday evening.

The North Korean government has repeatedly denied any involvement with WannaCry and has decried allegations as a smear campaign.

The US has evidence for the claim, and the United Kingdom and Microsoft reached similar conclusions in their analyses of the attack, which plagued computers the world over in May, he wrote.

Tom Bossert, homeland security adviser to President Donald Trump, published an opinion letter in the Wall Street Journal stating as much.

"We applaud our corporate partners, Microsoft and Facebook especially, for acting on their own initiative last week without any direction by the USA government or coordination to disrupt the activities of North Korean hackers".

In the piece titled "It's Official: North Korea is Behind WannaCry", Bossert characterized the attack as "cowardly, costly and careless".

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Bossert wrote that North Korea's "malicious behavior" has gone on for years and is growing more egregious.

The administration is calling on the private sector to do more to prevent such incidents, Bossert said, adding that Microsoft and others had taken action last week to disrupt North Korean hacking efforts.

"So we don't have a lot of room left here to apply pressure to change their behaviour". "It gives them something else to bring to the table". Until now, the US government has not publicly stated as much.

"President Trump is handling the intelligence assessments regarding North Korea and Russian Federation completely differently, staging an elaborate media roll-out to press on sanctions against North Korea while at the same time discrediting the assessment by these very same intelligence agencies that the Kremlin interfered with our election", Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland, told the Washington Post.

Days after the assault, security researchers began to suspect North Korea was behind the attack. The country probably employs 1,700 state-sponsored hackers, backed by more than 5,000 support staff, according to ASPI. This year, the regime's cyber warriors have been linked to stolen U.S. The rogue nation, which has developed increasingly sophisticated electronic weapons, has demonstrated its cyberprowess on the world stage before: It hacked Sony Pictures in 2014, leading to sanctions from the Obama administration.


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