U.S. Blames North Korea for ‘WannaCry’ Cyberattack

from The Wall Street Journal,

White House says it hopes to publicly shame Pyongyang to help deter further aggression but says there is little further it can do to respond.

The White House on Tuesday blamed North Korea’s government for a massive cyberattack in May that crippled hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, weeks after the U.K. had already cast blame on the country. North Korea launched the virus, known as WannaCry, in a “careless and reckless attack” that damaged businesses and put lives at risk, Tom Bossert, the White House homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, told reporters. Hospital computer systems in the United Kingdom were hit by the attack, and schools and business were also affected. The U.S. government rarely publicly attributes attacks to specific actors or countries. Mr. Bossert said the White House did so this time in the hope that publicly shaming North Korea might help deter future aggression. “It’s important to call them out,” he said.

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