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North Korea behind WannaCry attacks, White House says

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He said Microsoft traced the attack to cyber affiliates of the North Korean government.
The findings come as the United States has sought to pressure Kim Jong Un's government to end the pariah nation's nuclear and missile programs.

The WannaCry attack struck more than 150 nations in May, locking up digital documents, databases and other files and demanding a ransom for their release. "WannaCry was indiscriminately reckless", Bossart said.

The US government is not the first to point the finger of blame for WannaCry in the direction of North Korea.

It battered Britain's National Health Service, where the cyberattack froze computers at hospitals across the country, closing emergency rooms and bringing medical treatment to a halt. The affected computers were not protected by security fixes capable of blocking the attack.

He called on governments and companies around the world to cooperate to mitigate cyber risk, and said the USA should lead the effort. She and Bossert urged more cooperation and information-sharing from American and multinational companies, arguing a united front is vital to protecting against bad actors who do not differentiate between government and business.

Long before Tuesday's announcement, security researchers quickly linked the attacks to the Lazarus Group through hacking tools used in earlier versions of WannaCry, code used in other Lazarus projects and internet addresses.

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Microsoft president Brad Smith likened the theft to "the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen", and argued that intelligence agencies should disclose such vulnerabilities rather than hoarding them. He was able to trip the switch and the attack ended. However, some months later, Hutchins was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation while he was visiting the U.S. He has pled not guilty and awaits trial, charged with creating other forms of malware.

The North Koreans hit out at former president Barack Obama over the claim, but has not yet responded to the White House accusations about the WannaCry hack. -South Korean military plans and the alleged theft of $60 million from a Taiwan bank.

Canada, New Zealand and Japan have seen the analysis and agree with the USA conclusion, he also said.

The country is already facing major economic sanctions after being re-designated a state-sponsor of terrorism last month amid tension over the North Korean nuclear programme and missile tests.

"We are monitoring the bitcoin-related issue".

But DHS declined to share details on its own strategies, if any exist, to prevent a similar attack from being carried out by a hostile nation-state in the future, claiming the goal of the announcement was to call out North Korea publicly for its actions.

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