Trump's Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert detailed the US' position at a media briefing on Tuesday as Microsoft revealed it had also thwarted a North Korean malware campaign just last week. "In furtherance of both, and after careful investigation, the USA today publicly attributes the massive "WannaCry" cyber attack to North Korea".
"Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage", he said, claiming that the National Security Agency of spotting the flaw and saying nothing. "The United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Japan have seen our analysis, and they join us in denouncing North Korea for WannaCry".
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He hinted that the USA government will increase security measures against cyberattack, as well us step up its monitoring of North Korea when it comes to hacking.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged North Korea to carry out a "sustained cessation" of weapons testing to allow the two countries to hold talks. After being bombarded so many times, now the base is said to be suffering from "Tired Mountain Syndrome" and three small earthquakes also occurred nearby after the blasts.
In a devastating NSA security breach, that hacking tool and others were published online by the Shadow Brokers, a mysterious group that regularly posts cryptic taunts toward the United States government.
"It's more about the administration's message that North Korea is a unsafe actor than it is about cybersecurity", said Ross Rustici, senior director of intelligence services for Cybereason. More than 300.000 devices were hit by the ransomware in 150 countries. "The attribution is a step towards holding them accountable, but it's not the last step".
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He said that Facebook took down accounts that stopped the operational execution of ongoing cyber-attacks and Microsoft acted to patch existing attacks, not just the WannaCry attack initially.
WannaCry came to a screeching halt thanks to enterprising work by a British hacker named Marcus Hutchins, who discovered that the malware's author had embedded a "kill switch" in the code. China has closely watched the USA ratchet up tensions along its border, and its recent military movements reflect a country that i's considering all-out war a possibility. "We've determined who was behind the attack and we're going to say it and we're going to shame them for it", said Bossert.
Bossert declined to comment about the Hutchins case, but said "we got lucky" that the WannaCry attack was not more damaging.
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If North Korea became a nuclear power, they wouldn't simply use their newfound advantage to deter an attack. The tool was then used in the WannaCry attack.