United States declares North Korea the culprit behind devastating WannaCry ransomware attack

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In the op-ed we did not see traces of the evidence used to link the May attack to the "Lazarus Group" (also blamed for the Sony Pictures hacking incident) and North Korea, but the White House will reportedly follow up Tuesday with a more formal statement.

And in October, Britain's Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace said his government was "as sure as possible" that Pyongyang launched the attack. Earlier this month, North Korea said it had successfully tested a breakthrough intercontinental ballistic missile that could place the entire US mainland within range of its nuclear weapons.

Bossert said that the U.S. would "publicly attribute" WannaCry to North Korea, describing the attacks as "cowardly" and "careless".

"We do not make this allegation lightly". In retaliation for the cyberattack, President Donald Trump plans to summon "all responsible states" to unite against North Korea and push for new United Nations Security Council sanctions, according to The Hill. It is based on evidence. "These disruptions put lives at risk", Bossert wrote. We are not alone with our findings, either.

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"North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behavior is growing more egregious", Bessert later added.

Bossert also says hackers must continue to receive harsh punishments for cybercrimes and corporations likely to be victims of such attacks should step up security and proactively take measures to fight back against malicious bad actors and foreign governments. "WannaCry was indiscriminately reckless". He noted that the Trump administration has banned the use of Kaspersky software from government systems over concerns that the software could abet Russian espionage, and that the government has also charged Iranian hackers who attacked usa companies such as HBO.

The ransomware attack exploited a vulnerability in Windows XP and crippled computers in the UK's National Health Service and Renault manufacturing facilities in France, among others, reports The Verge.

The Washington Post cited a USA official as saying Trump's administration would be urging allies to counter North Korea's cyberattack capabilities and implement all "relevant" UN Security Council sanctions.

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