▲ Up
 akipress
11:48 19-11-2018
АКИpress CA-News Tazabek Turmush
ADVERTISE WITH US SUBSCRIBE
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
akipress
U.S. blames North Korea for 'WannaCry' cyber attack
World | incidents | 14:19, 19 December 2017 | 1505

AKIPRESS.COM - The Trump administration has publicly blamed North Korea for unleashing the so-called WannaCry cyber attack that crippled hospitals, banks and other companies across the globe earlier this year, Reuters reported.

“The attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible,” Tom Bossert, homeland security adviser to President Donald Trump, wrote in a piece published on Monday night in the Wall Street Journal.

“North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behavior is growing more egregious,” Bossert wrote. “WannaCry was indiscriminately reckless.”

The White House was expected to follow up on Tuesday with a more formal statement blaming Pyongyang, according to a senior administration official.

The U.S. government has assessed with a “very high level of confidence” that a hacking entity known as Lazarus Group, which works on behalf of the North Korean government, carried out the WannaCry attack, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the government’s investigation.

Lazarus Group is widely believed by security researchers and U.S. officials to have been responsible for the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment that destroyed files, leaked corporate communications online and led to the departure of several top studio executives.

North Korean government representatives could not be immediately reached for comment. The country has repeatedly denied responsibility for WannaCry and called other allegations about cyber attacks a smear campaign.

Washington’s public condemnation does not include any indictments or name specific individuals, the administration official said, adding the shaming was designed to hold Pyongyang accountable for its actions and “erode and undercut their ability to launch attacks.”

The accusation comes as worries mount about North Korea’s hacking capabilities and its nuclear weapons program.

LATEST NEWS
11:40 Evening of choral music dedicated to 100th anniversary of choirmaster Sultan Yusupov to be held in Bishkek11:39 Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan among nations that voted against new draft UN resolution on Crime11:17 Faith in humanity restored: Cab driver from Kyrgyzstan in Moscow waited 8 hours to return a left wallet to client11:09 Bishkek mayor’s office hands over 6 ambulance vehicles to Emergency Health Care Center11:09 Young activists organize march in Jalal-Abad10:51 Prices for fuel and lubricants grow by 9.2% in 9 months10:44 Kindergarten for 5mln soms opens in Talas region10:41 Kyrgyz Education Ministry develops electronic school admission software to be launched since 201910:27 200 athletes compete to participate in Asian Grappling Championship in Osh city10:18 First open rhythmic gymnastics tournament kicks off in Osh city10:04 Foreign trade turnover of Kyrgyzstan tops $4.1 billion in 9 months09:59 Moscow hosts screening of film based on Chingiz Aitmatov’s novel09:48 1.9 billion soms allocated for construction and rehabilitation of roads in Kyrgyzstan in 201809:41 Tokyo hosts concert dedicated to 90th anniversary of Chingiz Aitmatov09:36 Inflation in Kyrgyzstan projected lower than the target corridor of 5-7%09:20 Kyrgyz fighter wins third consecutive M-1 victory in Russia09:09 Prosecutor of Batken region killed17:10 Uzbekistan’s foreign trade turnover grows by 15.9%14:21 Mongolia's industrial output rises 19 pct in first 10 months14:06 Kyrgyzstanis can stay in Tajikistan registration-free for 60 days
© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2018. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)65-03-06