Experts question North Korea role in WannaCry cyberattack

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Some security experts are cautiously linking the attack to the Lazarus Group, according to BBC tech reporter Dave Lee. The code used in the latest attack shared many similarities with past hacks blamed on the North, including the targeting of Sony Pictures and the central bank of Bangladesh, said Simon Choi, director of Seoul internet security firm Hauri.

The cyber security giants like Symantec and Kaspersky Lab stated that they were in very much doubt about the attack.

Governments turned their attention to a possible new wave of cyber threats on Tuesday after the group that leaked United States hacking tools used to launch the global WannaCry "ransomware" attack warned it would release more malicious code.

Two law enforcement officials say USA investigators suspect North Korea may be behind the global "ransomware" attack. In the United States, several companies were hit by the attacks, but those were limited due to their policies. "It's not unique in North Korea, but it's also not a very common method".

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"Since a July 2009 attack by North Korea, they used the same method".

"Intezer Labs confirms the #WannaCry was initiated by North Korea".

Desperate users whose data had been taken hostage paid some US$70,000 in bitcoin to the hackers, who targeted computers that run on the Windows operating system across 150 countries.

An global manhunt was underway as private-sector researchers and government investigators alike tried to stamp out new versions of WannaCry while scouring for clues pointing to the authors of the original virus, who are "potentially criminals or foreign nation-states", said Tom Bossert, President Donald Trump's homeland security adviser.

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Several Asian countries have been affected by the malware, although the impact has not been as widespread as some had feared.

The council demanded North Korea halt its tests and said it was ready to impose further sanctions.

"The real situation may be serious".

Taiwan Power Co. TAIWP.UL said that almost 800 of its computers were affected, although these were used for administration, not for systems involved in electricity generation.

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