White House Officially Blames North Korea For Massive 'WannaCry' Cyberattack

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While this isn't the first report we've seen implicating North Korea, this is the first time the U.S. Government, in an official capacity, has chimed in on the matter.

Pointing to threats outside of North Korea, Bossert said preventing similarly massive cyber incidents would take concentrated effort and that President Donald Trump had taken steps in the right direction, such as ordering the modernization of government information technology to enhance the security of U.S. computer systems and the sharing of software vulnerabilities with developers.

"Cooperation between industry and good governments will bring improved security, and we can no longer afford to wait", he said.

Questions had been raised about whether the United States government acted in a timely manner to respond to the attack, with Microsoft accusing Washington of spotting the flaw and using it for its own ends. "Microsoft acted before the attack in ways that spared many U.S. targets", he said.

The United States has publicly blamed North Korea for the WannaCry cyber attack which hit the James Paget University Hospital (JPUH) in Gorleston.

North Korea has done everything wrong as an actor on the global stage that a country can do, he added.

According to Bossert, those responsible for the cyber attacks against the USA would be held accountable, but did not mention any specifics regarding the actions Washington was considering taking against the rogue state.

"So we don't have a lot of room left here to apply pressure to change their behaviour". Jeanette Manfra, the assistant secretary for cybersecurity at DHS said, "We are calling on all companies to commit to the collective defense of our nation".

Stopping malicious behavior like this starts with accountability.

It also allows the USA to galvanise the private sector, he said, adding that in this case, the private sector also acted. And Microsoft acted to patch existing attacks, not just the WannaCry attack initially, he said.

The public shaming of the state, which has not been confirmed by the White House, is created to hold the North accountable for its actions and "erode and undercut their ability to launch attacks", the official said.

He said it's also an opportunity to call on the other countries in the region that were affected to mobilise them to stop that same behaviour.

North Korea has been developing an elite cyberwarfare division for years, as cyberattacks are cheap, asymmetric warfare options for the rogue regime.

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