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Cyber-attack: US and UK Blame North Korea For WannaCry by BBC News Article
Date: 19 December 2017

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On a more serious note than the childish leaders of the United States and North Korea trying to outdo each other's antic, US, UK, Australia, Canada, And New Zealand are all blaming North Korean Lazarus hacking group for the May 2017 WannaCry cyberattacks demanding ransom to unlock their computers.

From release/information:

Attackers encrypted user's devices, and typically demanded a ransom of $300-600 in Bitcoin

The US and UK governments have said North Korea was responsible for the WannaCry malware attack affecting hospitals, businesses, and banks across the world earlier this year.

The attack is said to have hit more than 300,000 computers in 150 nations, causing billions of dollars of damage.

It is the first time the US and UK have officially blamed them for the worm.

Thomas Bossert, an aide to US President Donald Trump, first made the accusation in the Wall Street Journal newspaper.

Mr Bossert, who advises the president on homeland security, said the allegation was "based on evidence".

He did not produce any evidence in the article, but said US findings concurred with judgments from other governments and private companies.

He added that Australia, Canada, and New Zealand also share the US conclusion that North Korea was behind the attack.

(Source: BBC News)

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