The US has publicly called out North Korea for the massive WannaCry ransomware attack that affected thousands of computers and networks across the globe in May, with an estimated loss of about $4 billion.
A spokesman for South Korea's Unification Ministry, which handles North Korean affairs, said on Monday the government was considering "countermeasures", including more sanctions, over the cyber attacks.
The public shaming of North Korea, which has not been confirmed by the White House, is created to hold the regime accountable for its actions and "erode and undercut their ability to launch attacks", the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The British government joined the United States in laying the blame on North Korea on Tuesday.
In response to a question from a reporter, Bossert said that government cooperation would obviously include cooperation with "countries bordering North Korea"-meaning mostly China-to help to deny North Korea's agents the ability to run cyber-attacks from outside of their country". We are not alone with our findings, either. 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. The UK had also previously accused North Korea for the outbreak. While the attack cost organisations billions, it didn't generate much ransom, perhaps as little as $200,000.
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He said North Korean hackers were still at work last week, and were shut down by a retaliatory response by the USA and others. In January this year, U.S. intelligence chiefs warned that Pyongyang "remains capable of launching disruptive or destructive cyber attacks to support its political objectives".
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". Poor coding also led to new infections of WannaCry being blocked after a British security researcher accidentally found the equivalent of a kill switch.
Bossert named one Russian-based tech company by name when alluding to alleged meddling by Russia against the USA, and wrote that in 2017, "the Trump administration ordered the removal of all Kaspersky software from government systems. The consequences were beyond economic", Mr. Bossert said. "WannaCry was indiscriminately reckless", Bossert further wrote.
North Korea is named by Bossert as the culprit in the attack, however, no particular organization or person affiliated with the North Korean government was specifically named in the homeland security advisor's Op-Ed.