Published: Wed, December 20, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

North Korea 'directly responsible' for cyberattack in May, White House official says

North Korea 'directly responsible' for cyberattack in May, White House official says

WannaCry crippled parts of the U.K.'s state-run National Health Service and compromised companies such as FedEx Corp. and Nissan Motor Co.

Mr Bossert was writing in the Wall Street Journal as Mr Trump unveiled a new USA national security strategy which includes strengthening the country's cyber defence capabilities.

Bossert said that the USA has concrete evidence for the claim.

The administration is calling on the private sector to do more to prevent such incidents, Bossert said, adding that Microsoft and others had taken action last week to disrupt North Korean hacking efforts. In retaliation for the cyberattack, President Donald Trump plans to summon "all responsible states" to unite against North Korea and push for new United Nations Security Council sanctions, according to The Hill. "And so we don't have a lot of room left here to apply pressure to change their behavior".

While others - such as security firm Symantec and the British government - have already placed the blame on North Korea, the US has just now come forward with the same conclusion. An earlier version of the WannaCry ransomware shared coding similarities with past hacks from the Lazarus Group, a shadowy hacking collective many believe work for the North Korean government.

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Police officer Mohammad Atiq said police and army troops had surrounded the church and were exchanging fire with the attackers. A young girl in a white dress sobbed as she recounted the attack to television, saying many people around her were wounded.

Trump's first National Security Strategy released Monday, declared that "North Korea seeks the capability to kill millions of Americans with nuclear weapons". "It gives them something else to bring to the table".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Until now, the US government has not publicly stated as much. The same official said the USA believes that a hacking entity known as Lazarus Group carried out the attack while working on behalf of the North Korean government.

The official noted that the USA government has released technical details of North Korean cyber tools and operational infrastructure, and has worked with other countries to lessen North Korea's ability to conduct further tests or generate illicit funding. The country probably employs 1,700 state-sponsored hackers, backed by more than 5,000 support staff, according to ASPI. This year, the regime's cyber warriors have been linked to stolen U.S.

The hackers drew worldwide headlines in 2014 when they allegedly broke into Sony Corp.'s movie business as it was preparing to release "The Interview", a Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy about meeting the North Korean leader.

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