US Holds North Korea Responsible For WannaCry

You might recall that there was an epic cyberattack where a piece of ransomware pretty much pwned the entire planet including the UK’s National Health Service. Well, that was WannaCry and as far as the US is concerned, North Korea is behind it:

“The [WannaCry] attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible,” Thomas P. Bossert, Trump’s homeland security adviser, said in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday. “We do not make this allegation lightly. It is based on evidence. We are not alone with our findings, either.”

At the White House on Tuesday, Bossert called the WannaCry attack “a defining moment,” saying it affected individuals, businesses and governments worldwide, and put money as well as lives at risk.

“This was a reckless attack and it was meant to cause havoc and destruction,” he said at a news conference. Drawing a connection between North Korea’s alleged cyber activities and its development of nuclear weapons, he added, “I think, at this point, North Korea has demonstrated that they want to hold the entire world at risk, whether it be through its nuclear program or cyberattacks.”

Assuming that the North Koreans are behind it, I am not sure that they care that they’ve been called out by the US. After all, it’s not as if these two are on great terms at present. I am also dubious that this will alter their behavior if they are the ones behind it. So other than grabbing some headlines, I am not sure what this declaration really accomplishes other than to state what we already know. Which is that North Korea and those who act on their behalf do this sort of thing.

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