Cybersecurity Experts Link North Korea To Ransomware Cyber-Attack To Financially Support Their Regime

By Carie P. | May 29, 2017 06:58 AM EDT

North Korea was linked to the WannaCry Ransomware cyber-attack which wreaked havoc to many countries across the globe. Some cyber security experts analyzed the case and concluded that the Asian country was the one behind the attack.

In the said report, a former head of the US Department of Homeland Security just claimed that North Korea is the culprit behind the WannaCry Ransomware attack. With this, The Guardian reported that the allies of the Pyongyang regime were the top suspects for the said hacking.

When the WannaCry Ransomware virus attacked most countries in Europe, the health service's administration system in the UK was hacked. Apart from this, many countries across the globe also experienced failure in state infrastructures.

It can be recalled that the WannaCry Ransomware threatened most business establishments including offices around the world. However, the attack did not last long as a cyber-security expert based in the UK was able to determine the origin of the said computer virus.

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Meanwhile, an expert in global cybercrime and terrorism said the North Korea may be the suspect behind this WannaCry Ransomware. The claims also added that this is because the country does not take part in financial systems with other countries around the globe.

With this, there was a doubt as to how North Korea can support its regime if the country lacks financial aid. As a result, the country will engage in committing a crime on an international scale like theft, human trafficking, smuggling goods, and even drugs. Moreover, it will no longer be surprising if they will try to generate and gain money by extortion and then participating in this WannaCry Ransomware.

It was also reported on The Daily Star that North Korea is more likely to be involved in the Ransomware attack than the Russians. The report also revealed that the technical details used in the WannaCry code were similar to the latest hack which also linked to North Korea, particularly Pyongyang.

Besides, North Korea doesn't really have a legitimate trade that's why they engage in this kind of extortion, unlike the Russians which have their own stable economy. As the country is being caught in the nuclear testing issue these days, North Korea is again considered the reason behind the WannaCry Ransomware attack.

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