Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North Korea possibly behind global WannaCry attack [cybersecurity experts]

North Korea possibly behind global WannaCry attack [cybersecurity experts]

Last night, the Security Council condemned North Korea's seventh missile test this year and vowed to take further measures including sanctions in response to Pyongyang's "highly destabilising behavior".

It has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the US mainland, and experts say Sunday's test was another step toward that aim.

Speaking to reporters ahead of a closed-door meeting of the 15-member U.N. Security Council on the missile launch, Haley made clear that Washington would only talk to North Korea once it halted its nuclear program.

The United States has been discussing possible new U.N. sanctions with Pyongyang's ally and neighbor China since a failed missile test about two weeks ago. He now advises the South Korean National Intelligence Service and police.

Mr. Choi has been analyzing North Korean malware and hacking capabilities since 2008.

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Both Symantec and Kaspersky said it was too early to tell whether North Korea was involved in the attacks, based on the evidence that was published on Twitter by Google security researcher, Neel Mehta. She said that when China put economic pressure on North Korea, other countries were trying to fill the void, which she said the USA would not tolerate.

Mr. Choi added that the world should stop underestimating North Korea's capabilities. "Our credibility and more importantly our collective security are directly at stake here".

The Trump administration has been aggressively pressing Beijing to rein in North Korea, warning that all options are on the table if Pyongyang persists with its nuclear and missile development.

The Security Council needs to deal with North Korea's "dangerous and irresponsible obstinacy", said Francois Delattre, France's ambassador to the UN. Any country that did not look at putting new sanctions on North Korea was, in effect, helping the isolated nation, she said. Pyongyang is threatening a sixth nuclear test. "Clearly, there is a lot more leverage that China has, and we would like China to use", he said.

WannaCry, the computer worm that's been infecting PCs running on Microsoft Windows servers in 150 countries, resembles earlier cyberattacks linked to North Korea, a South Korean cybersecurity expert told Reuters on Tuesday.

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