North Korea denies US WannaCry cyberattack accusation

22 December, 2017, 00:15 | Author: Elaine Woods
  • Screenshot of a ransomware exploit

The North's foreign ministry spokesperson said through the country's state-run media on Thursday that the country had nothing to do with the attack.

The US has plenty of options for delivering a short, sharp strike against North Korea, and it could deny the North the ability to test and ideal intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The United States claims to have evidence of this and Britain and Microsoft have come to similar conclusions in their analysis of the attack which affected computers around the world in May, he wrote.

Earlier this week, White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert had blamed Pyongyang for the WannaCry cyber attack, claiming the accusations were based on inputs by USA and foreign intelligence agencies.

The latest accusations against the communist government only heighten the tensions between the USA and North Korea, which have been battling for months over North Korea's nuclear and missile program. And now North Korea is vowing to retaliate.

It also warned other nations against "unreasonably following the footsteps of the US".

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"The attack was widespread and cost billions of dollars, and North Korea is directly responsible", continued Bossert.

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre believed it was "highly likely" that the North Korean hacking group known as Lazarus was behind WannaCry, the UK foreign office minister for cyber, Lord Ahmad, said on Tuesday.

North Korea had not tested a missile in more than two months - odd, considering the regime led by dictator Kim Jong Un has conducted now-16 missile tests this year alone, and also launched a nuclear bomb.

Sources told the Telegraph that one option could be destroying a missile launch site before it can be used, or destroying stockpiles of weapons, it reported.

Kurtz believes that North Korea is "building a cache" of cryptocurrencies that its hackers steal to gain benefits from its appreciation in value and to continue to do global commerce despite the sanctions placed on them.

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