United States blames North Korea for major cyber attack

United States blames North Korea for major cyber attack

United States blames North Korea for major cyber attack

Bossert concludes his op-ed with the line, "We will continue to use our maximum pressure strategy to curb Pyongyang's ability to mount attacks, cyber or otherwise", suggesting the administration is openly looking into measures it can take to combat North Korea's capacity for cyberattacks.

North Korea was "directly responsible" for the WannaCry attack that crippled banks, companies and hospitals in May, according to a senior White House official. But the shaming is created to hold North Korea accountable for its actions and "erode and undercut their ability to launch attacks", the official said. "The United Kingdom attributes the attack to North Korea, and Microsoft traced the attack to cyber affiliates of the North Korean government", Bossert stated.

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published Monday a commentary entitled "Trump Should Cool His Jets and Face Up to Reality". The U.S. must lead this effort, rallying allies and responsible tech companies throughout the free world to increase the security and resilience of the internet. The attack forced the company to cancel the release of The Interview, a comedy about two reporters who were hired to assassinate Kim Jong-un. No indictments have been brought in the Sony case.

Back in early May, a series of cyber attacks were carried out with the Wannacry ransomware, hitting a number of countries and doing considerable damage. During the attack, personal data was stolen from private users and ransom payment was requested in the form of bitcoin. The worldwide shipper said in September it expected to sustain a $300 million profit hit as a result of the attack.

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Bossert said that the USA would "publicly attribute" WannaCry to North Korea, describing the attacks as "cowardly" and "careless". The senior administration official declined to comment about whether US intelligence was able to discern if the attack was deliberate. Earlier this month, North Korea said it had successfully tested a breakthrough intercontinental ballistic missile that could place the entire US mainland within range of its nuclear weapons.

"The US is trying to shift responsibility for tensions on the Korean Peninsula to us with its dialogue offensive", the North Korean daily Rodong Sinmun said in a report.

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

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