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N. Korea Role in WannaCry Cyberattack Unlikely

20 May 2017, 12:20 | Patty Hardy

A blog post written by the group promised from June to release tools every month to anyone willing to pay for access to some of the tech world's biggest commercial secrets. Rather it targeted a newer digital currency, called Monero, that experts say has been pursued recently by North Korean-linked hackers.

More questions than answers - and in cyber-war, facts are extremely hard to come by.

He cited a major attack past year that stole the data of over 10 million users of Interpark, a Seoul-based online shopping site, in which hackers demanded bitcoin payments worth about Dollars 3 million.

She indicated Washington and Beijing had agreed they would take action if a new test looked to be long range and leaning toward an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States.

So far, the attacker behind WannaCry has made more than $49,000 (£37,900).

The United States likely avoided greater harm as the attack targeted older versions of Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) Windows operating system, and more U.S. users have licensed, up-to-date, patched versions of the software, compared to other regions of the world.

South Korea has been a frequent target of cyberattacks that it traced to its northern neighbor.

Vietnam's state media said on Tuesday more than 200 computers had been affected. The U.S. government has not commented directly on the matter.

Madden said the North, officially known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, if it had a role at all, could have instead been involved by giving or providing parts of the packet used in the attack to another state-sponsored hacking group with whom it is in contact.

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The similarities between WannaCry and previous Lazarus Group attacks were first uncovered by Google security researcher Neel Mehta, according to NPR.

For example, North Korea has never admitted any involvement in the Sony Pictures hack - and while security researchers, and the U.S. government, have confidence in the theory, neither can rule out the possibility of a false flag.

Kaspersky's researchers said this was the most "significant" clue to date about WannaCry's origins. The group is also thought to have been responsible for the Sony hack in 2014.

"We raised the alert on Sunday in preparation for an attack against the military network by hostile forces on the strength of the spread of ransomware", he added.

The attacks, which slowed on Monday, are among the fastest-spreading extortion campaigns on record.

Several Asian countries have been affected by the malware, although the impact has not been as widespread as some had feared.

Tom Bossert, President Donald Trump's top cyber and homeland security adviser, brushed aside suggestions that the attack stemmed from a flaw discovered by the US National Security Agency and later leaked. It did not name any of the entities.

"I believe that China will stay true to that and we will come together on how we're going to do that", she said.



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