N Korea denies role in WannaCry ransomware attack

Alicia Cross
December 22, 2017

After months of tension between the USA and North Korea, a new report states the Trump administration is mulling a strike against North Korea to give Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un a "bloody nose".

North Korea is amassing an ever-growing pile of bitcoin, likely to fund future cyberattacks, a cybersecurity CEO said.

Microsoft actually traced the WannaCry attack back to North Korean government affiliates.

The North kept its firm stance against US President Donald Trump's administration, calling the allegation a serious political provocation to damage the country's image. WannaCry began spreading on May 12 this year and encrypted the files on around 300,000 computers in 150 countries.

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"As we have clearly stated on several occasions, we have nothing to do with cyber attack and we do not feel a need to respond, on a case-by-case basis, to such absurd allegations of the US", the spokesman said, according to the North's official KCNA news agency.

"Crystal clear is the objective of the U.S. to try to link to the issue of cyberattack at this very moment when it is hell-bent on making a harshest sanctions resolution against us", the North Korea spokesman said. "We do so with evidence, and we do so with partners". Other governments and private companies agree. If the USA attempts to strike a launch site with Tomahawk missiles, North Korea may interpret the incoming salvo of missiles targeted near their supreme leader as an outright act of war. "The indiscriminate use of the WannaCry ransomware demonstrates North Korean actors using their cyber programme to circumvent sanctions", Ahmad said.

British security services have announced since June that behind the huge cyber-attack launched against the British National Health System (NHS) are hackers from North Korea.

The attack exploited a Windows vulnerability that was originally developed by the US National Security Agency, but was released in a stolen cache of NSA cyberweapons by a hacking group known as the Shadow Brokers.

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