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

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Other governments and private companies including the United Kingdom and Microsoft agree with the US's conclusion, he said.

"The attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea was directly responsible", said Tom Bossert, homeland security advisor to USA president Donald Trump in an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal.

Thomas Bossert, a Homeland Security adviser to President Donald Trump, laid out the Administration's case against North Korea in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. 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. The malware infected over 300,000 computers in 150 different countries.

In May 2017, the global WannaCry cyber attack targeted computers around the world that used the Windows operating system.

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

Also in the op-ed, Bossert says the allegation that North Korea is the culprit was made lightly, but based on evidence. "North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behavior is growing more egregious".

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"We also indicted Russian hackers and a Canadian acting in concert with them".

"We brought charges against Iranian hackers who hacked several USA companies, including HBO". He said Washington must lead efforts to cooperate with other governments and businesses to "mitigate cyber risk and increase the cost to hackers", and thus improve internet security and resilience.

Lazarus Group is widely believed by security researchers and US officials to have been responsible for the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which destroyed files, leaked corporate communications online and led to the departure of several top studio executives.

"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.

He said the Trump administration would continue to use its "maximum pressure strategy to curb Pyongyang's ability to mount attacks, cyber or otherwise". It was reported back in June that the US National Security Agency was in possession of evidence that pointed to North Korea.

The event was held at Camp Stanley, a US military facility located some 20 km from Seoul, South Korea, according to a statement by the US Army.

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