The US government has officially accused North Korea of spearheading the billion-dollar WannaCry ransomware cyber attacks last May.
WannaCryFor the US government, there is no doubt. It is North Korea that is behind the WannaCry ransomware cyber attacks, which infected several hundred thousand computers a few months ago.
In an article published December 18 in the Wall Street Journal, Thomas P. Bossert, Homeland Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, said his administration "publicly attributed the massive 'WannaCry' cyberattack to North Korea." added :
"North Korea has been committing serious acts for more than 10 years, without paying the price, and this malicious behavior is increasing over time."
In May 2017, WannaCry had infected Windows computers by encrypting the data they contained. The software demanded a ransom ($ 300 in Bitcoin) from their owners - the payment was to allow them to recover access to their files.
According to estimates, 300,000 computers in 150 countries have been affected by this large-scale attack - including banks and telecommunications companies.
Microsoft researchers recently accused North Korea of being behind the attack - it would have used tools developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA) to achieve this.
"These programs have encrypted and rendered unusable hundreds of thousands of computers in hospitals, schools, businesses and homes. Victims received ransom requests, but the payment did not unlock their computer. It was a cowardly, expensive and unconscious act. The attack has spread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible, "Bossert said.
North Korea behind other hacks
Ransomware is not the only form of cyberattack that has been deployed by North Korean pirates.
Security researchers from the United States, the United Kingdom and South Korea have all pointed the finger at the country in recent months, accusing it of being the main source of fomented attacks against major trading platforms. of South Korean cryptocurency. They infiltrated there to steal data, but also cryptocurency