N Korea denies role in WannaCry ransomware attack

by Ben Pena December 22, 2017, 0:11
N Korea denies role in WannaCry ransomware attack

"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. "It's the ideal currency for North Korea to be hoarding", said George Kurtz, CEO of CrowdStrike, a company that offers SaaS endpoint protection and threat intelligence.

After months of tension between the U.S. 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".

According to a new report in the Daily Telegraph, the concerns about a U.S. attack on North Korea are very well-founded, and the White House has "dramatically" stepped up plans for what it is calling a "bloody nose" attack on North Korea.

"This move is a grave political provocation by the United States aimed at inducing the global society into a confrontation against the DPRK by tarnishing the image of the dignified country and demonizing it", the spokesperson said.

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"The United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Japan have seen our analysis, and they join us in denouncing North Korea for WannaCry", Bossert said.

WannaCry infected some 300,000 computers in 150 nations in May, encrypting user files and demanding hundreds of dollars from their owners for the keys to get them back. The North was also suspected of involvement in a cyberattack on Sony's USA subsidiary 3 years ago. "We do so with evidence, and we do so with partners".

An earlier study of WannaCry's code by private cybersecurity firms and researchers also suggested ties to the North Korean Group. The indiscriminate use of the WannaCry ransomware demonstrates North Korean actors using their cyber programme to circumvent sanctions.

Facebook and Microsoft staving off enemy attacks either paints a rosy yet fearsome portrait of tech companies today or a rather dismaying one of national security - or perhaps a little of both.


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