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January 21 2018, 12:29 | Irvin Gilbert
Trump Administration Blames NKorea for Big Ransomware Attack
According to the piece, the Trump administration "will continue to use our maximum pressure strategy to curb Pyongyang's ability to mount attacks, cyber or otherwise".
"After careful investigation, the USA today publicly attributes the massive "WannaCry" cyberattack to North Korea".
"We do not make this allegation lightly".
Bossert said the finding was based on evidence and that it had been confirmed by other governments and private companies, including the United Kingdom and Microsoft.
Among the infected computers were those at Britain's National Health Service (NHS), Spanish telecoms company Telefonica and U.S. logistics company FedEx.
The WannaCry ransomware incident affected 300,000 computers in 150 countries and included 48 NHS trusts among the casualties.
The official announcement came a few hours after Bossert made the charges in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal late Monday. It was cowardly, costly and careless.
Thomas Bossert, counterterrorism adviser to President Trump, said the US has evidence that "cyber affiliates of the North Korean government" were involved in the attack. "President Trump has used just about every lever that you can use short of starving the people of North Korea to death to change their behavior".
A hacking group called Lazarus - said to be behind an $81 million hit on the Central Bank of Bangladesh and a 2014 attack on Sony Hollywood studios - is suspected to be a North Korean-backed group.
"Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage", he said, claiming that the National Security Agency of spotting the flaw and saying nothing.
The U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea focus on its activities to develop a nuclear weapon. He implored private companies to build up their defenses against North Korea and other "bad actors" in cyberspace, and singled out Microsoft in particular for taking actions last week to "disrupt activities of North Korean hackers", without elaborating on the details. "It gives them something else to bring to the table".
Independent research groups have previously attributed the attack to North Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Until now, the USA hadn't publicly named Pyongyang as being behind the attack.
While this isn't the first report we've seen implicating North Korea, this is the first time the U.S. Government, in an official capacity, has chimed in on the matter.
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.