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Experts question North Korea role in WannaCry cyberattack

Experts question North Korea role in WannaCry cyberattack

Both Symantec and Kaspersky said it was too early to tell whether North Korea was involved in the attacks, based on the evidence that was published on Twitter by Google security researcher Neel Mehta.

Private security experts and intelligence officials have uncovered digital clues they believe link North Korea to a ransomware attack that caused computer system break-downs all over the world.

But the secretive regime has been linked to other major hacking cases in the past.

"I saw signs past year that the North was preparing ransomware attacks or even already beginning to do so, targeting some South Korean companies", he said.

The most brazen assault occurred in February 2016, when $101 million was fraudulently transferred out of the Bangladesh central bank's account at the New York Federal Reserve and moved to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

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It didn't take long for researchers to start drawing connections from the ransomware attack that raced around the world over the last five days to earlier episodes, including attacks on Polish banks and the assault on Sony Pictures in 2014.

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At the time, Sony was about to release "The Interview", a comedy about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Council diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because the consultations were private, said China never mentioned working with the US on a new sanctions resolution, and both China and Russian Federation said they support a negotiated solution through dialogue. "There is no reason for North Korea to be having these actions outside of the fact they just choose to do so".

While some of North Korea's hacking activities appear to be motivated by its cash shortage or personal retribution, the regime also conducts more traditional attacks on its southern neighbor.

It's the strongest theory yet as to the origin of WannaCry, but there are also details that arguably point away from it being the work of North Korea.

"Haley also said the USA will not sit back and watch other countries support the North's nuclear and missile programs, warning of secondary sanctions measures on those doing business with the North". Seoul accused North Korea of stealing text messages and voice communications by "sending enticing text messages".

Speaking to reporters ahead of a closed-door U.N. Security Council meeting on the missile launch, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also made clear that Washington would only talk to North Korea once it halted its nuclear program.

The Department of Homeland Security began an "aggressive awareness campaign" to alert the tech industry to the importance of installing the patch that Microsoft issued in March that protected users from the vulnerability exploited by the attack, a US official working on the attack told Reuters. Some high-profile attacks between 2009 and 2013 shut down government websites, banking systems and paralyzed broadcasters.


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