USA declares North Korea led huge WannaCry cyberattack

USA declares North Korea led huge WannaCry cyberattack

In the op-ed we did not see traces of the evidence used to link the May attack to the "Lazarus Group" (also blamed for the Sony Pictures hacking incident) and North Korea, but the White House will reportedly follow up Tuesday with a more formal statement.

Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Bossert says "the attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible".

A Trump official claims in an op-ed that the U.S. has proof that it was North Korea behind the WannaCry cyber attack, citing a "careful investigation".

Bossert said the U.S. would "publicly attribute" WannaCry to North Korea, describing the attack as "cowardly, costly and careless".

"As we make the internet safer, we will continue to hold accountable those who harm or threaten us, whether they act alone or on behalf of criminal organizations or hostile nations".

While North Korea is the main focus of Bossert's claims in the Op-Ed, he does not forget to talk about alleged 2016 election meddling by Russian hackers or the US's issues with Iran either.

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

The May attack infected hundreds of thousands of computers around the world and crippled hospitals, banks and other companies. "WannaCry was indiscriminately reckless".

Baik Tae-hyun, spokesman of South Korea's Unification Ministry, which deals with matters related to North Korea, said Monday that the Seoul government was examining whether the North was behind hacking attacks on a cryptocurrency exchange in June. "Malicious hackers belong in prison, and totalitarian governments should pay a price for their actions".

The United States and South Korea have accused North Korea of launching a series of cyberattacks in recent years, though the North has dismissed the accusations.

Looking ahead, Bessert writes that the USA will take steps to curtail North Korea's "ability to mount attacks, cyber or otherwise".

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'.

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