N.Korea suspicious of USA 'dialogue offensive'

Geneva Matthews
December 19, 2017

A senior White House official claimed North Korea was responsible for a cyberattack that paralyzed hospitals, banks and companies worldwide in May.

WannaCry was a massive cyber attack that infected vulnerable Windows machines with ransomware, locking out users from their computers.

North Korea is named by Bossert as the culprit in the attack, however, no particular organization or person affiliated with the North Korean government was specifically named in the homeland security advisor's Op-Ed.

While this isn't the first report we've seen implicating North Korea, this is the first time the U.S. Government, in an official capacity, has chimed in on the matter.

Pointing to threats outside of North Korea, Bossert said preventing similarly massive cyber incidents would take concentrated effort and that President Donald Trump had taken steps in the right direction, such as ordering the modernization of government information technology to enhance the security of U.S. computer systems and the sharing of software vulnerabilities with developers.

Independent research groups have previously attributed the attack to North Korea. "It is based on evidence. We believe that North Korea is now engaging in various activities to evade sanctions and earn foreign currency", Baik said.

"North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behavior is growing more egregious", Bessert later added. "We are not alone with our findings, either".

"WannaCry was indiscriminately reckless", he wrote. The malware targeted several hospitals in the United Kingdom, as well as banks and various other infrastructures and companies worldwide, causing malfunctions in critical sectors. He implored private companies to build up their defenses against North Korea and other "bad actors" in cyberspace, and singled out Microsoft in particular for taking actions last week to "disrupt activities of North Korean hackers", without elaborating on the details.

"We brought charges against Iranian hackers who hacked several USA companies, including HBO".

Bossert closes out his article by stating that North Korea "continues to threaten America, Europe and the rest of the world - and not just with its nuclear aspirations".

Looking ahead, Bessert writes that the USA will take steps to curtail North Korea's "ability to mount attacks, cyber or otherwise".

Days after the assault, security researchers began to suspect North Korea was behind the attack.

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