North Korea vows to retaliate as US blames it for WannaCry cyberattack

Trevor Jackson
December 22, 2017

President Donald Trump's administration is publicly blaming North Korea for a ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service.

Vipin Narang, a political science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said on Twitter that "the notion in DC that you can give North Korea a "bloody nose" without the USA or an ally suffering a severe stab wound in return is delusional".

In remarks carried by state media, the North's Foreign Ministry repeated it had nothing to do with the attack.

Bossert said the administration's finding of responsibility is based on evidence and confirmed by other governments and private companies, including the United Kingdom and Microsoft.

Europol discovered in May that the ransomware attack compromised computers of at least 200,000 individuals in over 150 countries.

North Korea tested a nuclear weapon in September, its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb test.

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South Korea and U.S. officials have accused North Korea of launching a slew of cyberattacks in recent years.

A South Korean lawmaker in October said North Korean hackers stole highly classified military documents that include U.S. "It's the flawless currency for North Korea to be hoarding".

South Korea also past year accused North Korea of hacking the personal data of more than 10 million users of an online shopping site and dozens of email accounts used by government officials and journalists. A senior White House official said this week that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's government was responsible.

"The hope is that military force would show Kim Jong-un that America is "serious" about stopping further nuclear development and trigger negotiations", the Telegraph reported.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the missile test went "higher, frankly, than any previous shot they have taken", and that North Korea can hit "everywhere in the world, basically".

Security firm FireEye believes U.S. sanctions against North Korea are fueling its interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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