North Korea says world 'astonished' by Wannacry

Lucy Hill
May 20, 2017

Experts are questioning whether North Korea was behind the WannaCry cyber attack amid suggestions it does not fit the pattern of previous hacks blamed on Pyongyang.

Symantec and Kaspersky said it was too early to tell whether North Korea was involved in the attacks, based on the evidence that was published on Twitter by Google security researcher Neel Mehta.

The US National Security Agency "must shoulder some of the blame" because the one of its hacking tools had ended up in the hands of hackers, the editorial argued. They pointed to how easy it was to stop and how little money it has collected so far - a little over $50,000, a relatively paltry amount for an attack so large.

He found that computer code used in an early version of WannaCry matched code used by the Lazarus group, which has been tied to the North Korean government.

There is another possibility that "Lazarus Group" may be working independently and without the instructions from North Korea, the report added. Although North Korea denied allegations that it was behind those events, Simon Choi, a senior researcher who has done extensive investigations into North Korea's hacking programs said the WannaCry program is "similar to North Korea's backdoor malicious codes".

"Intezer Labs confirms the #WannaCry was initiated by North Korea".

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Chinese state media instead blamed the United States, and said it was "hypocritical" for the U.S. to accuse China of state-sponsored cyber espionage.

Vietnam's state media said on Tuesday more than 200 computers had been affected, but one of the country's leading anti virus companies, Bkav, later put the figure at 1,900.

But the paper did not comment whether the North had suffered the attack.

The recent attack on Monday was the fastest-spreading extortion campaign on the internet; however, the foreign minister of China had not shared any information relating to the matter.

Taiwan Power Co. TAIWP.UL said that almost 800 of its computers were affected, although these were used for administration, not for systems involved in electricity generation.

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