Trump administration formally blames North Korea for WannaCry. Now what?

Trump administration formally blames North Korea for WannaCry. Now what?

Instead, Bossert praised the actions of Facebook, Microsoft, and other private companies that he said "acted to disable a number of north koran cyber exploits", and requested such companies "increase their sharing of information with us".

During a press briefing on Tuesday, Bossert said that even though ransomware is generally created to extract money from victims, the fact that WannaCry malware didn't actually unlock after victims paid the ransom means it wasn't really about making money.

The WannaCry cyber-attack, that affected hospitals, banks and businesses around the world, hit Windows computers in May this year.

Bossert-who cut his teeth in the Bush administration and was the victim of an email phishing attack this August-stated that evidence compiled by DHS had been reviewed by allied nations such as the United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan, which had agreed with the United State's assessment of North Korea's culpability.

Nevertheless, he cast accountability as an important step.

Bossert did not outline the United States government's specific plans to deal with cyberattacks, but officials in Washington said he was expected to do so later on Tuesday. Could we pinprick military response to destroy the hardware that they used to trigger the virus?

"They want to hold the entire world at risk", Bossert said of North Korea's rulers, referring to the nation's nuclear and missile provocations as well as its alleged cyberattack. "And we had to put it together in a way that allowed us to make a confident attribution". "WannaCry was indiscriminately reckless", Bossert further wrote. In June, the BBC also reported that a government source told it that the U.K.'s GCHQ intelligence agency believed Pyongyang was behind WannaCry.

Back in October, security minister Ben Wallace appeared to blame North Korea for the infamous ransomware attack that disrupted the operation of one in three NHS trusts in England as well as numerous other organisations worldwide.

Bossert, who serves as President Donald Trump's assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, lamented that there is not much more that can be done to restrict North Korea's behavior, considering the Pyongyang regime already faces severe sanctions in many areas.

He said North Korean hackers were still at work last week, and were shut down by a retaliatory response by the US and others.

Security researchers at Cybereason, Google, Kaspersky Lab, Microsoft and Symantec have also said that the tools used in the attack have been previously used by the Lazarus Group.

HR McMaster said: "I don't want to get into the specifics of military plans and estimates but I will tell you that the President has asked us to continue to refine our military option should we have to use it".

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