Trump administration blames North Korea for big ransomware attack

2017-12-19 10:39
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Washington - US President Donald Trump's administration is publicly blaming North Korea for a ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service.

Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published on Monday night that North Korea was "directly responsible" for the Wannacry ransomware attack and that Pyongyang will be held accountable for it.

READ: 'White hat' whiz kid who foiled WannaCry cyberattack

Bossert said the administration's finding of responsibility was based on evidence and confirmed by other governments and private companies, including the UK and Microsoft.

Bossert said the Trump administration would continue to use its "maximum pressure strategy to curb Pyongyang's ability to mount attacks, cyber or otherwise".

Pyongyang has previously denied hacking allegations.

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