North Korea was behind the WannaCry cyberattacks, says the White House

North Korea was behind the WannaCry cyberattacks, says the White House

North Korea was behind the WannaCry cyberattacks, says the White House

In Monday's commentary, KCNA referenced warnings of the cost and devastation of a USA miscalculation on North Korea by Defense Priorities foreign policy expert and former CATO Institute defense policy head Charles Peña, which appeared in The National Interest and RealClearDefense earlier this year, as well as a recent letter by dozens of retired military officials advising Trump that "military options must not be the preferred course of action", reported by The Washington Post.

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.

"Bossert goes on to say: "[WannaCry] encrypted and rendered useless hundreds of thousands of computers. while victims received ransom demands, paying did not unlock their computers.

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

"Other governments and private companies agree", he wrote. The official said they had a "very high level of confidence" that hacking outfit Lazarus Group carried out the attack on behalf of the North Korean government.

The Washington Post cited a U.S. official as saying Trump's administration would be urging allies to counter North Korea's cyberattack capabilities and implement all "relevant" UN Security Council sanctions.

Bossert said that the USA has concrete evidence for the claim.

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"We also indicted Russian hackers and a Canadian acting in concert with them".

The op-ed called on world governments and businesses to cooperate with the U.S. to fight cyber threats. Whenever possible, we will work with partners, industry and allied governments, who share our market based values.

What the point of this blame will be remains uncertain, other than piling on amid rising tensions with North Korea.

"It is increasingly using cyberattacks to fund its reckless behavior and cause disruption across the world", Bossert said.

He said the Trump administration would continue to use its "maximum pressure strategy to curb Pyongyang's ability to mount attacks, cyber or otherwise".

Bossert didn't say what specific actions the United States might take against North Korea, but he said it was important to call out the bad behavior.

The event was held at Camp Stanley, a US military facility located some 20 km from Seoul, South Korea, according to a statement by the US Army.

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