Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

North Korea Could Be Linked To The WannaCry Cyberattack

North Korea Could Be Linked To The WannaCry Cyberattack

Researchers have said some of the code used in Friday's ransomware, WannaCry, was almost identical to the code used by the Lazarus Group, a group of North Korean hackers who used a similar version for the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014 and last year's hack of Bangladesh Central Bank.

(KOREAN) "We can say this was a successful launch if North Korea aimed for an IRBM". "It is similar to North Korea's backdoor malicious codes", said Choi. He now advises the South Korean National Intelligence Service and police.

A researcher from South Korea's Hauri Labs said its findings matched those of Symantec and Kaspersky Lab, which said on Monday that some code in an earlier version of WannaCry software had appeared in programs used by the Lazarus Group, identified by some as a North Korea-run hacking operation.

Mr. Choi added that the world should stop underestimating North Korea's capabilities.

"The cyberattack, which was carried out via the Internet around May 12, swept through a great number of government agencies and business in some 150 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China, around the world", the Rodong Sinmun, an official daily of the North's ruling Workers' Party, reported.

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Analysts said that cases in China, where the use of pirated software has always been a problem, were likely to be underreported. Ms Robinson said cyber attacks reinforced the need for everyone to guard against future incidents.

"We have underestimated North Korea so far, [assuming ] since North Korea is poor, it wouldn't have any technologies".

More attacks were possible, Choi said, "especially given that, unlike missile or nuclear tests, they can deny their involvement in attacks in cyberspace and get away with it".

Symantec and Kaspersky Lab also stated that it was premature to tell if North Korea was responsible in the global WannaCry cyberattack.

FireEye Inc, another cyber security firm, said it was also investigating, but was cautious about drawing a link to North Korea. Its researcher John Miller said, "The similarities we see between malware linked to that group and WannaCry are not unique enough to be strongly suggestive of a common operator".

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