North Korea Could Be Linked To The WannaCry Cyberattack

North Korea Could Be Linked To The WannaCry Cyberattack

North Korea Could Be Linked To The WannaCry Cyberattack

The same experts believe the attack was orchestrated by the so-called organization Lazarus, who in the past initiated the same malware upon Sony Pictures.

Experts are questioning whether North Korea was behind the WannaCry cyberattack attack, saying it doesn't fit the pattern of previous hacks blamed on Pyongyang.

A researcher from South Korea's Hauri Labs said its findings matched those of Symantec and Kaspersky Lab, which said on Monday that some code in an earlier version of WannaCry software had appeared in programs used by the Lazarus Group, identified by some as a North Korea-run hacking operation. Many proofs say it belongs to the isolated country, but now no one is blaming them because it is so soon to blame a country behind any kinds of the attacks.

Google security researcher finds "evidence" suggesting Pyongyang was behind massive cyberattack. In the U.S., several companies were hit by the attacks, but those were limited due to their policies.

There are possibilities that skilled hackers might have simply made the hack look like it had origins in North Korea by using similar techniques.

A Centre for Strategic and International Studies report in August highlighted that North Korea operated a cyber warfare unit of 3000 elite hackers called Unit or Bureau 121, who has broken into systems and spread viruses.

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FireEye Inc (FEYE.O), another large cyber security firm, said it was also investigating, but it was cautious about drawing a link to North Korea.

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.

The council demanded North Korea halt its tests and said it was ready to impose further sanctions.

Chinese state media instead blamed the United States, and said it was "hypocritical" for the USA to accuse China of state-sponsored cyber espionage. It did not name any of the entities.

More than 200,000 computers were crippled worldwide, the paper said, citing the European Police Office.

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