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Trump to 'confirm' North Korea was behind crippling WannaCry cyber attack

Trump to 'confirm' North Korea was behind crippling WannaCry cyber attack

The US government is officially blaming North Korea for the WannaCry ransomware attack that struck computers across the world back in May.

Ahead of the claims about North Korea being responsible for the WannaCry attack, on Monday, the USA military released photos of massive joint drills it underwent recently with its ally South Korea, and have called the exercise 'Warrior Strike IX'.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Lazarus Group is widely believed by security researchers and US officials to have been responsible for the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment that destroyed files, leaked corporate communications online and led to the departure of several top studio executives. He called the consequences and repercussions of the ransomware "beyond economic".

It follows a pattern of disruptive and harmful cyber activity by the reclusive country, whose leader, Kim Jong Un has pushed the development of hacker forces as a low-priced, high-impact tool that can rattle the nerves and damage the systems of larger, more powerful nations.

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The Washington Post cited a USA official as saying Trump's administration would be urging allies to counter North Korea's cyberattack capabilities and implement all "relevant" UN Security Council sanctions.

The attack is said to have hit more than 300,000 computers in 150 nations, causing billions of dollars of damage. The attack originally looked like a standard ransomware intrusion, but researchers believe that was a ruse to disguise a more malicious intent.

"What we see is a continued pattern of North Korea misbehaving, whether destructive cyber attacks, hacking for financial gain, or targeting infrastructure around the globe", the official said. The global shipper said in September it expected to sustain a $300 million profit hit as a result of the attack.

In November 2014, North Korea hacked Sony Pictures networks, disrupting computer systems, stealing and releasing corporate emails and demanding that the studio cancel the release of a satirical movie depicting Kim's assassination. The senior administration official declined to comment about whether USA intelligence was able to discern if the attack was deliberate.

And in October, Britain's Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace said his government was "as sure as possible" that Pyongyang launched the attack.


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