Microsoft "strengthened Windows defenses" last week following ZINC/Lazarus North Korea cyber attacks

USA blames North Korea for Wanna Cry ransomware outbreak

USA blames North Korea for Wanna Cry ransomware outbreak

Bossert said the U.S. has evidence that Pyongyang ordered the attack, though he declined to provide details on what that evidence was. In May, The Washington Post reported that the National Security Agency had "moderate confidence" that WannaCry was linked to the KPRK. Others were able to connect the attack to the Lazarus Group, a team of hackers with ties to North Korea. "Microsoft acted before the attack in ways that spared many United States targets", he said.

North Korea's Kim Jong-un has been engaging Mr Trump in a continuously escalating war of words which experts claim is putting the world on the brink of World War 3. It was known the NSA had the evidence that traced back WannaCry ransomware to North Korea.

The government often declines to comment on who it believes is culpable for major digital attacks.

Bossert asserted that the damage from WannaCry, which did not specifically target the USA, was reduced in the U.S. because "the targets in the United States were harder, so they were suffering less", he said. Seemingly, doing so might have revealed the extent to which USA intelligence was able to track and monitor individuals suspected of being tied to the regime. "Did we do it too slowly?". "The most important thing is to do it right and not to do it fast". We had to examine a lot. "As we make the internet safer, we will continue to hold accountable those who harm or threaten us, whether they act alone or on behalf of criminal organizations or hostile nations".

"President Trump is handling the intelligence assessments regarding North Korea and Russian Federation completely differently, staging an elaborate media roll-out to press on sanctions against North Korea while at the same time discrediting the assessment by these very same intelligence agencies that the Kremlin interfered with our election", Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland, told the Washington Post. That would not be good for anyone, but it may be necessary to protect the country in the future.

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It was not immediately clear if any action was being taken by United States authorities against North Korea following the findings.

Bossert and Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary of homeland security for cybersecurity and communication, said the United States, through a combination of preparation and luck, escaped the worst of the attack, as a patch to the malware was found before USA companies and other interests were severely crippled.

Bossert said those responsible for carrying out cyber-attacks against the USA would be held accountable, but he did not mention specific actions Washington was considering taking against Pyongyang.

An official announcement is expected to come out of the White House on Tuesday.

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