The administration of Donald Trump, on December 18, told the public that the PC-worm WannaCry’s outbreaks were the work of North Korea as it encrypted and impacted over 230K PCs across over 150 countries previously in 2017.
Homeland security adviser Thomas P. Bossert for Trump stated within Wall Street Journal same date that the WannaCry assault spread far and wide while cost billions, with NK being directly responsible. The U.S didn’t put the allegation lightly for, there were evidence to support it and the country wasn’t alone discovering the actions, he added.
During May 2017, one highly destructive cyber assault called WannaCry proliferated fast and randomly all over the globe. The malicious program locked access to files and made innumerable computer systems useless within schools, hospitals, homes and businesses across more than 150 countries. Whilst ransom demands caught victims off guard, paying up didn’t unlock their systems. Whitehouse.gov posted this, December 19, 2017.
WannaCry isn’t only a ransomware but a computer worm too. It therefore spreads from one PC to another in an automatic fashion which enabled its dissemination so fast across the globe prior to its halt possible via the code’s inbuilt hidden “killswitch” discovered accidentally.
In October, one lawmaker from South Korea stated that hackers from North seized extremely secret military documents which consisted of wartime plans of “decapitation strike” by USA and South Korea against North’s government. Previously according to Defense Ministry at Seoul, North possibly was responsible for the Defense Integrated Data Center’s hacking during September 2016, the center being the storage of military data. However, the Ministry wouldn’t substantiate what kind of information the hackers stole.
Unification Ministry of South Korea spokesman Baik Tae Hyun stated that the country’s government was running an investigation into the June crypto-currency exchange hacking to determine if North Korea was involved. Approximately USD7m worth of virtual money went missing during the hacks, authorities in South Korea stated.
Speculation is rife inside South Korea that hackers from North may be behind the attacks to steal Bitcoins for circumventing the intense monetary sanctions put on the country since its missile and nuclear weapons accumulations.