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North Korea’s army of cyber hackers could be an even greater threat than their nuclear ambitions, experts warn

  • Stalinist state has an army of 6,000 hackers that target banks and infrastructure
  • They have also been blamed for hacks on secret South Korean military plans 
  • Now experts have warned state’s cyber army could be more lethal than its nukes
  • There are also fears it could hack the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year 

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Update 2: UK & US blame North Korea for WannaCry – ‘directly responsible’

Update 2: UK US blame North Korea for WannaCry – ‘directly responsible’

North Korea was behind the WannaCry ransomware that blazed a destructive path around the world last spring, wreaking havoc on hospitals, the financial sector, FedEx, and companies of all stripes, a high-ranking adviser in the US Trump administration said Monday.

Then today (19/12/2018) the UK Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon backed up the assertions, also attributing the WannaCry ransomware incident to North Korean actors the Lazarus Group. “The decision to publicly attribute this incident sends a clear message that the UK and its allies will not tolerate malicious cyber activity,” said the government release.

After the UK National Health service was severely impacted by Wannacry, the UK led the international investigation, and within weeks, in May 2017, the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) attributed the attack to North Korea.

The WannaCry ransomware incident impacted

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North Korea MUST be held accountable for MASSIVE cyber attack says White House official

In October, the British Government said it “strongly” believed North Korea was responsible for the ransomware attack.

Following the allegation from Theresa May’s security minister Ben Wallace, North Korea opposed the accusation and said it was “despicable” and “an act beyond the limit of our tolerance”.

A statement from the state’s propaganda news agency KCNA slammed the allegation and warned Britain to “seriously reflect” on what was being claimed. 

The statement said: “The UK has made another attempt to incriminate the DPRK as a cyber-criminal. The DPRK has clarified our principled stand, on every opportune occasion, to oppose terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.”

Read more at: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/894414/Donald-Trump-latest-news-President-North-Korea-Kim-Jong-un-WannaCry

North Korea is ‘directly responsible’ for global WannaCry attack, according to US

Britain has publicly named the shadowy North Korea cyber crime group it believes was responsible for the WannaCry ransomware attack which crippled parts of the NHS.

The Foreign Office said the National Cyber Security Centre had assessed that it was “highly likely” the attack in May was the work of cyber criminals known as the Lazarus Group.

Security minister Ben Wallace has previously said the Government believed “quite strongly” that a foreign state was behind the attack, naming North Korea as the main suspects.

In the latest statement, Foreign Office minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

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US: North Korea `directly responsible´ for global WannaCry attack that hit NHS

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Britain has publicly named the shadowy North Korea cyber crime group it believes was responsible for the WannaCry ransomware attack which crippled parts of the NHS.

The Foreign Office said the National Cyber Security

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US Publicly Blames North Korea For the WannaCry Ransomware Attack

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President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, claimed that North Korean hackers were behind this year’s massive, global WannaCry ransomware attack on Monday evening in a Wall Street Journal editorial.

Beginning in May 2017, the WannaCry malware spread rapidly across computer systems across the globe, allegedly aided by leaked National Security Agency technology. The software locked users’ computer systems and demanded ransoms in Bitcoin, generating an embarrassingly small amount of actual cryptocurrency ransom but leaving a digital paper trail a mile wide. The attack was eventually slowed down due to an amateurish mistake in WannaCry’s code that exposed its kill switch, though updated versions of the malware are still circulating.

Security firms tentatively concluded WannaCry’s creators were “fluent in Chinese” based

Read more at: https://gizmodo.com/us-publicly-blames-north-korea-for-the-wannacry-ransomw-1821409962

Donald Trump’s advisor confirms North Korea was behind crippling WannaCry cyberattack

“While victims received ransom demands, paying did not unlock their computers. It was cowardly, costly and careless. The attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible.

“Other governments and private companies agree. The United Kingdom attributes the attack to North Korea, and Microsoft traced the attack to cyber affiliates of the North Korean government.”

In October, the British Government said it believed “quite strongly” Pyongyang was responsible for the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack.

But following accusation from Theresa May’s security minister Ben Wallace, North Korea hit back saying the statement was “despicable” and “an act beyond the limit of our tolerance”.

A statement from the state’s propaganda news agency KCNA slammed the allegation and warned Britain to “seriously reflect” on what was being claimed. 

The statement said: “The UK has made another attempt to incriminate the DPRK as a cyber-criminal. 

“The DPRK has clarified our principled stand, on every opportune occasion, to

Read more at: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/894072/North-Korea-Kim-Jong-un-Donald-Trump-USA-cyber-attack-WannaCry-NHS-ransomware

BREAKING: Trump advisor confirms North Korea was behind crippling WannaCry cyberattack

Kim Jong-un’s regime has long been suspected of the WannaCry cyber attack which targeted 150 countries and sent many of the UK’s NHS hospitals into meltdown.

Wanna Decryptor, also known as WannaCry or wcry, was the ransomware programme used in the attack – a malicious software used by hackers to block access to a computer system until a ransom is paid.

The White House’s Homeland Security advisor Thomas Bossert said: “The US today publicly attributes the massive ‘WannaCry’ cyberattack to North Korea.

“We do not make this allegation lightly. It is based on evidence.

“The attack spread indiscriminately across the world in May. It encrypted and rendered useless hundreds of thousands of computers in hospitals, schools, businesses and homes. 

“While victims received ransom demands, paying did not unlock their computers. It was cowardly, costly and careless. The attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible.

“Other governments and private companies agree.

Read more at: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/894072/North-Korea-Kim-Jong-un-Donald-Trump-USA-cyber-attack-WannaCry-NHS-ransomware

Researcher Provides Insight Into North Korea Cyber-Army Tactics

TORONTO — There is a mysterious Cyber-Army allegedly built by North Korea, that has been attacking targets in South Korea and around the world for the last several years. That army is a little less mysterious to security researcher Ashley Shen, who gave a deep dive talk on the tactics and tools used by the North Korean hackers, in a session at the SecTor security conference here.

Shen is an independent security researcher working with Team T5 Inc and is the founder of HITCON GIRLS which is the first security community for women in Taiwan. 

Shen noted that there have been multiple publicly reported incidents in recent years, including the WannaCry ransomware attack, the attack against the Swift bank transfer system in Bangladesh and the attack against Sony Pictures, which all can be tied to threat actors based in North Korea. She emphasized that what has been reported in the media is

Read more at: http://www.eweek.com/security/researcher-provides-insight-into-north-korea-cyber-army-tactics

Cyber crime: North Korea’s billion-dollar soft spot

Cyber-crime is now a billion-dollar industry for North Korea. Cracking down on this criminal enterprise presents a strategic opportunity to apply further pressure on the Kim Jong-un regime.

Hard currency generated from cyber-crime is undermining global efforts to impose economic pressure on Pyongyang. As sanctions are imposed against its formal economy, North Korea has increased the scale of its illegal businesses. The massive criminal operation may be equivalent in size to the annual budget of the North Korean nuclear weapons program.

To generate such tremendous returns, North Korean hackers steal bitcoin, hold data ransom, and rob foreign banks, including the brazen heist of a sovereign nation’s central bank that netted $81 million. Evidence suggests the spree of bank robberies continues across Australia’s region, with attacks against banks in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan. The UK government has now also attributed the global WannaCry ransomware attacks that in

Read more at: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/cyber-crime-north-korea-s-billion-dollar-soft-spot-0