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North Korea 'directly responsible' for 'WannaCry' cyber attack: US

The White House official said anyone who harmed the United States would be held accountable

Reuters  |  Washington 

Dealing with the WannaCry ransomware attack

The Trump administration has publicly blamed for unleashing the so-called WannaCry cyberattack that crippled hospitals, banks and other companies across the globe earlier this year. “The attack was widespread and cost billions, and is directly responsible,” Tom Bossert, to President Donald Trump, wrote in a piece published on Monday night in the has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behaviour is growing more egregious,” Bossert wrote. “WannaCry was indiscriminately reckless.” The was expected to follow up on Tuesday with a more formal statement blaming Pyongyang, according to a senior administration official. The US government has assessed with a “very high level of confidence” that a hacking entity known as Lazarus Group, which works on behalf of the North Korean government, carried out the WannaCry attack, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the government's investigation. Lazarus Group is widely believed by security researchers and US officials to have been responsible for the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment that destroyed files, leaked corporate communications online and led to the departure of several top studio executives.

First Published: Wed, December 20 2017. 02:53 IST