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USA blames North Korea for major cyber attack

19 December 2017

He noted that the Trump administration has banned the use of Kaspersky software from government systems over concerns that the software could abet Russian espionage, and that the government has also charged Iranian hackers who attacked usa companies such as HBO.

Independent research groups have previously attributed the attack to North Korea.

White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said Monday the United States believes North Korea was behind the "WannaCry" cyberattack earlier this year.

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The administration is calling on the private sector to do more to prevent such incidents, Bossert said, adding that Microsoft and others had taken action last week to disrupt North Korean hacking efforts. But the shaming is created to hold North Korea accountable for its actions and "erode and undercut their ability to launch attacks", the official said.

In May 2017, the global WannaCry cyber attack targeted computers around the world that used the Windows operating system.

"Bossert goes on to say: "[WannaCry] encrypted and rendered useless hundreds of thousands of computers. while victims received ransom demands, paying did not unlock their computers.

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"Malicious hackers belong in prison, and totalitarian governments should pay a price for their actions", he said.

Kaspersky CEO Eugene Kaspersky has denied being part of any nefarious plot with the Russian government to spy on Western countries, and stated in November: "If the Russian government comes to me and asks me to anything wrong, or my employees, I will move the business out of Russia". In November, the USA also charged three Chinese nationals for hacking, Bossert added. "If those hackers travel, we will arrest them and bring them to justice".

Bossert likewise pointed to the U.S. government's recent charges against Chinese nationals for hacking and for identity and trade secret theft, as well as against Iranians for hacking, and he urged calling out "bad behavior" by other countries, including what he called the "corrupt regime" of Tehran. Whenever possible, we will work with partners, industry and allied governments, who share our market based values. "These disruptions put lives at risk".

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Looking ahead, Bessert writes that the USA will take steps to curtail North Korea's "ability to mount attacks, cyber or otherwise". According to the piece, the Trump administration "will continue to use our maximum pressure strategy to curb Pyongyang's ability to mount attacks, cyber or otherwise".

USA blames North Korea for major cyber attack