NSA link WannaCry attack to North Korea

The WannaCry ransomware attack is believed to be traced back to North Korea according to British and US security officials. The attackers behind the virus are believed to be a North Korean cyber gang called the Lazarus Group.

The attack affected 150 countries including over 60 NHS trusts in the UK locked data and demanded ransom money to release it.

The WannaCry virus was thought to be an attempt to raise revenue for the North Korean regime. However, although the hacked raised $140,000 in Bitcoin they have not cashed it in, according to the analysts. This is believed to be because an operational error has made transactions easy to track, such as law enforcement.

The Washington Post reported that America’s National Security Agency (NSA) said it had “moderate confidence” the attack pointed to North Korea’s spy agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau.

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