WASHINGTON, U.S. – One of the most destabilizing new-age cybercrime, that affected critical infrastructures across over 150 countries in the world – the WannaCry cyber attack has now been blamed on North Korea by the U.S.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration went on a media blitz to blame North Korea for the massive WannaCry cyber attack that destabilized hospitals, schools, businesses, and infrastructure globally in May.
Tom Bossert, the U.S. president’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser said in a statement, “The [WannaCry] attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible. This was a careless and reckless attack. It affected individuals, industry, governments. We do not make this allegation lightly. We do so with evidence, and we do so with partners.”
Bossert said the U.K., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Japan concurred with the U.S. government’s analysis.
He also called on U.S. companies to partner with the government to help thwart future attacks.
Seven months after suspected North Korean hackers targeted computer systems around the world with WannaCry malware, encrypting vital data and demanding ransom payments in Bitcoin, this is the first time the U.S. government has made direct accusations against hackers in the reclusive nuclear nation,
The U.S. government said its condemnation is intended to hold the attackers publicly accountable for “malicious behavior” that is “growing more egregious.”
Brushing off the allegations as “ridiculous,” North Korea has previously denied any role in the attack.
Despite stating that it had evidence, the U.S. did not reveal too many details about how it determined North Korea was behind the WannaCry attack.
The WannaCry computer worm affected more than 230,000 computers in more than 150 countries earlier this year.
The sudden influx of coordinated ransomware attacks involving WannaCry, Mamba and Petya shocked cyber researchers and proved to be a wake-up call for businesses around the world.
In recent years, North Korea has been blamed by Western governments for several major cyber attacks, including against banks and Sony Pictures.