North Korea was behind the WannaCry cyberattacks, says the White House

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The White House said Tuesday that North Korea was directly responsible for a "reckless" ransomware attack in May that struck computers in about 150 countries. "The United Kingdom attributes the attack to North Korea, and Microsoft traced the attack to cyber affiliates of the North Korean government".

Keeping the Russian sanctions as a basis, the USA government will continue to make the internet safer by holding those accountable who harm or threaten it, President's aide wrote.

General McMaster said the U.S. needed to work hard to put an end to Pyongyang's threat to world peace as the rogue state continues to taunt the worldwide community with its defiance.

A number of computer security organisations have previously blamed North Korea for the "ransomware" attack, which encrypted users' important files and demanded a Bitcoin payment in order to have the documents restored. "We are not alone with our findings, either", he explained. She and Bossert urged more cooperation and information-sharing from American and multinational companies, arguing a united front is vital to protecting against bad actors who do not differentiate between government and business.

Hacking may now account for one-third of cash-strapped North Korea's gross domestic product, Cybereason CISO Sam Curry tells me.

But following accusations from Theresa May's security minister Ben Wallace, North Korea hit back saying the statement was "despicable" and "an act beyond the limit of our tolerance".

Meanwhile, Microsoft president Brad Smith, in an interview with ITV News at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, said Pyongyang was behind the ransomware attack. Officials, however, said they weren't going to release that evidence.

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While North Korea is the main focus of Bossert's claims in the Op-Ed, he does not forget to talk about alleged 2016 election meddling by Russian hackers or the US's issues with Iran either.

"Stopping malicious behavior like this starts with accountability", Bossert wrote.

With a "very high level of confidence", the USA government affirmed a hacker group that goes by the name "Lazarus Group", which works for North Korea, carried out the attack.

HR McMaster said: "I don't want to get into the specifics of military plans and estimates but I will tell you that the President has asked us to continue to refine our military option should we have to use it".

The attack was eventually stopped by a British hacker who discovered a "kill switch" in the code that disabled the virus.

The National Security Agency linked North Korea to the worm's creation in June.

Indeed, Bossert's op-ed appeared the same day that President Donald Trump declared that the USA would take "all necessary steps" to denuclearize North Korea.