USA accuses North Korea of carrying out WannaCry cyberattack

USA accuses North Korea of carrying out WannaCry cyberattack”

The op-ed called on world governments and businesses to cooperate with the U.S. to fight cyber threats.

"Bossert goes on to say: "[WannaCry] encrypted and rendered useless hundreds of thousands of computers. while victims received ransom demands, paying did not unlock their computers.

While North Korea allows internet access to only a small portion of its population, it began to train its techno soldiers in the early 1990s, according to South Korea's Defense Security Command.

Late Monday, the Wall Street Journal released an op-ed by Bossert about the cyberattack.

He called on governments and companies around the world to cooperate to mitigate cyber risk, and said the US should lead the effort.

Trump changed that policy, marking a new transparent process that is winning support from industry and the American Civil Liberties Union.

North Korean children learn to use the computer in a primary school on April 2, 2011, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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

Wannacry is a textbook example of what needs fixing. The vulnerability was uncovered by the United States under the Obama administration but the NSA kept the exploit secret for its own offensive work rather than report it to Microsoft.

The damage to the computers worldwide was curtailed by Marcus Hutchins, a British hacker, who discovered that WannaCry's author had embedded a "kill switch" in the code. Bossert said that kind of luck can't be counted on in the future.

Pyongyang had always been suspected of being behind the "WannaCry" attack, which hit entities including the USA -based shipping company FedEx, Spanish telecommunications firm Telefonica, and Britain's National Health Service, which forced hospitals to cancel surgeries and divert ambulances to other facilities.

White House Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert and the Department of Homeland Security's Jeanette Manfra held a press conference today where it was claimed that North Korea was " directly responsible for the WannaCry ransomware attack that hit companies around the world in Nay 2017, most notably impacting the UK's National Health Service.

"In many ways, WannaCry was a defining moment and an inspiring one".

Other governments and private companies including the United Kingdom and Microsoft agree with the US's conclusion, he said.

Nation states and hackers are increasing both the sophistication and quantity of attacks.

"These people are not going to be embarrassed, but if we find some way to punish them, then I think it will increase tensions", Lewis said.

"Having a formal report gives more weight to negotiations when the US approaches China, or Russian Federation or anywhere else that might be providing North Korea with internet services", Uren said.

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