US Blames North Korea for WannaCry Ransomware
- Author: Darren Santiago Dec 22, 2017,
Dec 22, 2017, 0:13
Vipin Narang, a political science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said on Twitter that "the notion in DC that you can give North Korea a "bloody nose" without the USA or an ally suffering a severe stab wound in return is delusional".
Thomas P. Bossert, President Donald Trump's homeland security advisor, confirms that this was the case, at least as far as the WannaCry ransomware attack is concerned.
Bossert also said Microsoft had traced the attack to cyber affiliates of the North Korean government, and others in the security community have contributed their analysis.
WannaCry made headlines earlier this year when it spread to more than 300,000 computers in more than 150 countries in just a few weeks. It also crippled more than 20 percent of hospitals in the United Kingdom.
"As we have clearly stated, we have nothing to do with the cyberattack and we do not feel a need to respond, on a case-by-case basis, such as absurd allegations of the US", North Korea's spokesman said.
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