United States says North Korea 'directly responsible' for 'WannaCry' cyber attack

Allan Goodman
December 20, 2017

WannaCry was a worldwide cyber attack which occurred in May of this year and had wide ranging repercussions: British hospitals were knocked offline, and companies in many other countries were also affected by the attack.

"We do not make this allegation lightly".

The latest reports, however, suggest the U.S. is going to formally accuse North Korea of the attacks soon.

Among the infected computers were those at Britain's National Health Service (NHS), Spanish telecoms company Telefonica and United States logistics company FedEx. Paying didn't unlock their computers, Bossert wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that was published Monday. It was cowardly, costly and careless.

"The attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible", Bossert wrote.

Within days of the attack in May, North Korea fell under suspicion. "And so we don't have a lot of room left here to apply pressure to change their behavior".

"So this is allowing us to call on all likeminded and good, responsible companies to stop supporting North Korean hackers, whether they're operating in North Korea or elsewhere", Bossert said.

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The hacker assault by Pyongyang reportedly used the WannaCry ransomware. Other governments and private companies agree.

"Cooperation between industry and good governments will bring improved security, and we can no longer afford to wait", he said.

The U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea focus on its activities to develop a nuclear weapon.

In June, The Washington Post reported that the National Security Agency had linked North Korea to the creation of the worm. "It gives them something else to bring to the table". At the time, officials noted some common code with the "Lazarus Group", which officials had previously blamed on North Korea. Kim Jong Un's regime denied any connection.

The official noted that the USA government has released technical details of North Korean cyber tools and operational infrastructure, and has worked with other countries to lessen North Korea's ability to conduct further tests or generate illicit funding. -South Korean military plans and the alleged theft of $60 million from a Taiwan bank. The country probably employs 1,700 state-sponsored hackers, backed by more than 5,000 support staff, according to ASPI.

The hackers drew global headlines in 2014 when they allegedly broke into Sony Corp.'s movie business as it was preparing to release "The Interview", a Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy about meeting the North Korean leader.

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