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Korea for Wannacry cyberattack in May

Korea for Wannacry cyberattack in May

"In particular, it is noteworthy that the resolution calls for consular access and other assistance for detainees in North Korea for the first time", Baik Tae-hyun, ministry spokesman, told a regular press briefing.

Tillerson also spoke at a special meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday, urging tougher global action to rein in Pyongyang and confronting North Korea's ambassador to the UN over his claims that the United States is to blame for tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The possibility of another nuclear test, along with the fact that Pyongyang has launched sixteen missile tests since February demonstrates the rogue regime's commitment to pursuing its nuclear program, despite the widespread starvation being experienced by the North Korean population.

However, the White House also pointed out in a statement that dialogue was not possible unless North Korea changed its position on its weapons program.

The US has also publicly blamed the country for the WannaCry cyber attack which hit the NHS and networks around the world.

"This was a careless and reckless attack", Bossert told reporters.

Experts say "WannaCry" exploited a vulnerability in some versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system that had not been updated with security patches. And the consequences were beyond economic. "The computers that were affected badly in the United Kingdom and their healthcare system put lives at risk, not just money".

"We are always planning for the worst and hoping for the best", he said.

During a briefing at the White House on Tuesday, the White House homeland security adviser said the USA has formally asserted that North Korea is the culprit of the so-called WannaCry ransomware attack in May, and other countries like Britain, Canada and Japan have agreed with the US conclusion. Bossert said it was "based on evidence" but did not offer more details.

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Governments of the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Japan also seemed to agree with the USA that North Korea is backing the WannaCry group.

July 4, 2009 - North Korean hackers launched an attack on the USA holiday that employed thousands of computers around the world to overload dozens of government websites in the US and South Korea.

In extremely Trumpian language, Bossert asserted: "North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behaviour is growing more egregious". "The attribution is a step towards holding them accountable, but it's not the last step".

Last week, South Korean news outlets reported that 72-year-old General Hwang Pyong-so was presumed to have been executed as well, at the instruction of North Korean leadership, for "impure behavior" (assumed by reports to mean bribery or corruption) that led to his exile from the nation's ruling party.

A Facebook spokesman said on Tuesday the company last week deleted accounts associated with Lazarus "to make it harder for them to conduct their activities".

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.

Following the attack, Symantec said tools and infrastructure used in WannaCry had strong links to Lazarus, which was previously responsible for attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Bangladesh Central Bank. In an unusual twist, Hutchins was arrested months later by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during a visit to the USA; he pleaded not guilty and now awaits trial on charges he created unrelated forms of malware.

The timing of the condemnation also could be part of the White House's campaign to paint Pyongyang as a global threat. "They want the world to know they have this kind of capability", McGeorge said. "He took a risk, it worked, and it caused a lot of benefit". "We'll give him that".

"We have got HMS Argyll, HMS Sutherland going up to the region to do operations with our allies; that is something I am very proud that we are doing and we are going to continue to do", he added.


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