NORTH KOREA BEHIND GLOBAL CYBERATTACK?

Fox News on May 15, 2017, reported that North Korea could be behind recent global cyberattack. Excerpts below:

Cyber security researchers said on May 15 that they may be able to link North Korea to the unprecedented global cyberattack that earlier in May took more than 300,000 computers hostage in 150 countries.

Symantec and Kaspersky Lab said that some of the code used in the version of the WannaCry software had also been used in programs run by the North Korea-linked Lazarus Group.

“This is the best clue we have seen to date as to the origins of WannaCry,” Kurt Baumgartner, a researcher at Kaspersky Lab, told Reuters.

The researchers said it was too early to confirm that Pyongyang was behind the cyberattacks. The researchers said they would have to study the code more.

The May 12 attack is believed to be the biggest online extortion attack ever recorded, spreading chaos by locking computers that run Britain’s hospital network, Germany’s national railway and scores of other companies, factories and government agencies worldwide.

Homeland Security officials told Fox News on Monday that a “limited number” of U.S. companies were hit by the WannaCry malicious software.

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