US News North Korea possibly behind global cyberattack, researchers say

11:10  16 may  2017
11:10  16 may  2017 Source:   FOX News

N Korea 'not afraid' as it plans new nuclear test

  N Korea 'not afraid' as it plans new nuclear test North Korea's ambassador to the UK has told Sky News his country will go ahead with its sixth nuclear test at the time and place of its leader's choosing.North Korea's ambassador to the UK has told Sky News his country will go ahead with its sixth nuclear test at the time and place of its leader's choosing.

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

WASHINGTON/TORONTO — Cyber security researchers have found technical evidence they said could link North Korea with the global WannaCry “ransomware” cyberattack that has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday.

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

N Korea 'not afraid' as it plans new nuclear test

  N Korea 'not afraid' as it plans new nuclear test North Korea's ambassador to the UK has told Sky News his country will go ahead with its sixth nuclear test at the time and place of its leader's choosing.North Korea's ambassador to the UK has told Sky News his country will go ahead with its sixth nuclear test at the time and place of its leader's choosing.

WASHINGTON/TORONTO: Cyber security researchers have found technical evidence they said could link North Korea with the global WannaCry “ransomware” cyber attack that has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday. Manhunt for hackers behind global cyberattack .

Cybersecurity researchers have found evidence they say could link North Korea with the WannaCry cyber attack that has infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide as global authorities scrambled to prevent hackers North Korea has denied being behind the Sony and banking attacks.

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.

N Korea linked to global cyber attack © Reuters N Korea linked to global cyber attack The idea that North Korea could be behind the attack is not a reach. Both U.S. and European officials told the news agnecy that North Korea should not be ruled out as a suspect.

Hackers for the Lazarus Group were blamed for the theft of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank. The 2014 Sony hack was also pinned on the hacker collective.

What Other Countries Are Doing About North Korea

  What Other Countries Are Doing About North Korea With North Korea reportedly taking steps to conduct a sixth nuclear test, world leaders are increasingly debating how to stop the rogue nation."If it is necessary, I will fly immediately to Washington and also visit Beijing and Tokyo," he said. "Under the right conditions, I will also go to Pyongyang. For peace on the Korean Peninsula, I will do everything that I can do.

Cyber security researchers have found technical evidence they said could link North Korea with the global WannaCry "ransomware" cyber attack that has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday. Manhunt for hackers behind global cyberattack .

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Friday’s 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. CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team) worked with the affected companies to get a patch to parties affected by the ransomware infection.

  North Korea possibly behind global cyberattack, researchers say © Provided by Fox News The officials would not name the companies involved, but stressed that the money paid out worldwide so far since the attacks surfaced on Friday is a relatively small number. Reports suggest the total ransom paid out is less than $50,000.

Steven Wilson, Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Center, told Sky News on Sunday that it was now important that IT departments checked their systems on Monday morning to ensure they had not been compromised.

What Other Countries Are Doing About North Korea

  What Other Countries Are Doing About North Korea With North Korea reportedly taking steps to conduct a sixth nuclear test, world leaders are increasingly debating how to stop the rogue nation."If it is necessary, I will fly immediately to Washington and also visit Beijing and Tokyo," he said. "Under the right conditions, I will also go to Pyongyang. For peace on the Korean Peninsula, I will do everything that I can do.

WASHINGTON/TORONTO – Cybersecurity researchers have found technical evidence they said could link North Korea with the global “WannaCry” ransomware cyberattack that has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday.

Cyber security researchers have found technical evidence they said could link North Korea with the global WannaCry "ransomware" cyberattack that has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries since Friday.

He added: “It’s not a massively sophisticated attack. What is new is the use of a worm to propagate through systems.

“It is beyond anything we have seen before.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Also see: Stunning pictures show what childhood in North Korea is really like - Provided by Business Insider

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Kids learn to love the country's grisly history, from its founder, Kim Il Sung, all the way to its present ruler, Kim Jong Un. They may learn popular art forms like music and illustration, but it's often in the pursuit of promoting the country's political will.

Here's what it's like to grow up in the most secretive country on Earth.

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Stunning photos reveal what childhood in North Korea is really like

North Korea possibly behind global cyberattack, researchers say .
Cyber security researchers said Monday they may be able to link North Korea to the unprecedented global cyberattack that took more than 300,000 computers hostage in 150 countries last week. 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.

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