White House officially blames North Korea for massive ‘WannaCry’ cyberattack
The evidence is in, backing up the claim that North Korea was behind WannaCry. Evidence from the UK and Microsoft’s tracking of the attack confirms North Korea sponsored the ransomware attack and counterterrorism adviser Tom Bossert has officially accused North Korea of bearing responsibility. Even Facebook has shared that it has deleted profiles operated by hacking groups that were affiliated with the North Korean government.
The WannaCry virus began attacking companies on May 12, 2017 and hit over 230,000 computers across more than 150 countries in just one day. Companies and public service organizations were affected, including a hospital in the UK. The ransom demanded was $300-$600 in bitcoin.
Speculation about North Korea’s motive include retaliation for sanctions placed on them for its nuclear activity and missile launches. Money they collected from WannaCry’s ransom likely went to supporting their nuclear program.
Ransomware attacks like WannaCry are not over – they are just beginning.
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