Experts question North Korea role in WannaCry cyberattack

Prior to the meeting, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the U.S. will not be holding any talks with North Korea unless it sees a total stop to the regimes nuclear process and testing.

A customer walks by the notice about “ransomware” at CGV theater in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 15, 2017.

Simon Choi, a senior researcher at South Korea's Huari Labs who advises South Korean police and intelligence officials, said WannaCry's code "is similar to North Korea's backdoor malicious codes".

Security researchers have flagged a possible link between North Korea and the massive cyberattack that hit at least 150 countries around the world. It's entirely possible some other hacking group found and copied code from Lazarus' tools.

More importantly, Scott said, the rush to blame North Korea distracts from bigger issues - software vulnerabilities resulting from manufacturers' refusal to incorporate security into their software development, organizations' failure to protect their systems and client data and the responsibility of governments to "manage, secure, and disclose discovered vulnerabilities".

Most experts noted it was still too early to determine whether North Korea was involved in the attacks that paralyzed the NHS on Friday and became one of the fastest-spreading extortion campaigns ever recorded.

"In this case, there is a fragment of the technology that was associated with Lazarus", Clark said.

Saudi Arabia says the WannaCry "ransomware" attack affected some government computers as well as those of Saudi Telecom Co., which provides landline, mobile and internet services for millions in the country.

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"No one is immune to the threat of North Korea", she told reporters before emergency closed-door consultations by the U.N. Security Council on the North's weekend ballistic missile launch, which experts said demonstrated a significant technological jump with the rocket flying higher and for a longer period of time.

While some of North Korea's hacking activities appear to be motivated by its cash shortage or personal retribution, the regime also conducts more traditional attacks on its southern neighbor.

Specially, no United States federal systems are affected, he said.

Researchers might find some additional clues in the bitcoin accounts accepting the ransom payments. And even finding a real person might be no help if theyre in a jurisdiction that wont cooperate. "We are continuing to investigate for stronger connections".

The Security Council, which has imposed six rounds of sanctions on the North, discussed possible further action at Tuesday's meeting.

"However, it's worth further investigation". One challenge will be sharing intelligence in real time to move as quickly as the criminals — a tricky feat when some of the major nations involved, such as the USA and Russian Federation, distrust each other. It says private computers also were affected.

Like WannaCry, the program attacks via a flaw in Microsoft Corp's Windows software.

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