Law enforcement officials flag North Korea link
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 23:04
"The cyberattack, which was carried out via the Internet around May 12, swept through a great number of government agencies and business in some 150 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China, around the world", the Rodong Sinmun, an official daily of the North's ruling Workers' Party, reported.
In November 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment became the target of the biggest cyberattack in USA corporate history, linked to its release of North Korea satire "The Interview", hated by Pyongyang.
"Although this similarity alone doesn't allow proof of a strong connection between the "WannaCrypt" ransomware and the "Lazarus Group", it can potentially lead to new ones which would shed light on the "WannaCrypt" origin which to the moment remains a mystery", Halde noted.
Cyber security researchers around the world have said they found evidence that could link North Korea with WannaCry.
Microsoft Corp President Brad Smith in a blog post on Sunday confirmed the attack made use of a hacking tool built by the NSA that leaked online in April.
But experts say it's too early to blame the WannaCry attack on North Korean hackers.
"Intezer Labs confirms the #WannaCry was initiated by North Korea".
A researcher from South Korea's Hauri Labs said on Tuesday their own findings matched those of Symantec (SYMC.O) and Kaspersky Lab, who said on Monday that some code in an earlier version of the WannaCry software had also appeared in programs used by the Lazarus Group, identified by some researchers as a North Korea-run hacking operation.
In 2016, the North Korean government stole no less than $81 million from Bangladesh' Central Bank.
More than 200,000 computers were crippled worldwide, the paper said, citing the European Police Office. Countless surgeries and appointments were cancelled amid the cyber attack.
Taiwan Power Co. TAIWP.UL said that almost 800 of its computers were affected, although these were used for administration, not for systems involved in electricity generation.