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Haley: US might look at sanctions on countries aiding North Korea

Haley: US might look at sanctions on countries aiding North Korea

Tom Bossert, President Donald Trump's top cyber and homeland security adviser, brushed aside suggestions that the attack stemmed from a flaw discovered by the US National Security Agency and later leaked.

Even the recent attack utilized the same code as the malware used by the Lazarus Group, the hacker group behind the Sony hack in 2014; experts think that the code might have been copied from the said malware without direct connection.

"The members of the council are discussing the many different avenues possible to continue treating this situation - clearly sanctions are a way to go, the council has already gone this road, and there are ample possibilities to go this way". "The group has been very active since 2011 and was originally disclosed when Novetta published the results of its Operation Blockbuster research".

WannaCry was a cyber attack that invaded more than 300,000 computers worldwide in a hack considered unprecedented in scope.

"Neel Mehta's discovery is the most significant clue to date regarding the origins of WannaCry", said Russian security firm Kaspersky, but noted that more information was needed. The Lazarus hackers have been linked to North Korea, raising suspicions that the nation could be responsible for the attack.

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"Attribution can be hard".

"The conversations that I have had.in dealing with Beijing is that if (North Korea) did something else and if it looked to be long-range, which this does, and if it looks like it is proactively leaning toward an ICBM, which it does, then we would take action", Haley said.

"I believe that China will stay true to that and we will come together on how we're going to do that..."

Noting that President Moon favors diplomatic engagement with the North, Hecker said it is imperative for Seoul and Washington to "craft a unified strategy on North Korea and speak with one voice".

Security researchers and US intelligence officials have cautioned that such evidence is not conclusive, and the investigation is in its early stages. However, cyber security experts are looking into an inconclusive evidence that the North Korea could be the guilty party.

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By late morning, some people were still filling out forms manually, but the hospital said 70 percent of systems were back online. The vulnerability in Windows that WannaCry takes advantage of was discovered by the NSA for its surveillance toolkit.

Indeed, Wannacry is asserted as the biggest global ransomware attack in the history of internet. The worms quickly scanned computers with vulnerability, in this case the older versions of Microsoft Windows, and used those computers as hackers' command and control centers.

The most brazen assault occurred in February 2016, when $101 million was fraudulently transferred out of the Bangladesh central bank's account at the New York Federal Reserve and moved to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

It could also suggest that if the same hackers areresponsible, the objective this time around was to cause damage and sow chaos rather than collect ransoms.

The Department of Homeland Security began an "aggressive awareness campaign" to alert the tech industry to the importance of installing the patch that Microsoft issued in March that protected users from the vulnerability exploited by the attack, a USA official working on the attack told Reuters. A virus known as WannaCry paralyzed computers in 150 countries recently.

Along those lines, reports of even more unsafe WannaCry variants continue to trickle in.

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