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posted by on Tuesday May 23 2017, @11:34PM   Printer-friendly
from the dear-leader-wrote-it-himself-20-years-ago dept.

Symantec and FireEye have linked the recent WannaCry ransomware attacks to North Korea:

Cybersecurity researchers at Symantec Corp. and FireEye Inc. have uncovered more evidence tying this month's WannaCry global ransomware attacks to North Korea.

The cyberattack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide was "highly likely" to have originated with Lazarus, a hacking group linked to the reclusive state, Symantec said. The software used was virtually identical to versions employed in attacks earlier this year attributed to the same agency, the company said in a report late Monday. FireEye on Tuesday agreed WannaCry shared unique code with malware previously linked to North Korea. "The shared code likely means that, at a minimum, WannaCry operators share software development resources with North Korean espionage operators," Ben Read, a FireEye analyst, said in an emailed statement.

[...] The initial attack was stifled when a security researcher disabled a key mechanism used by the worm to spread, but experts said the hackers were likely to mount a second attack because so many users of personal computers with Microsoft operating systems couldn't or didn't download a security patch released in March labeled "critical."

Also at NYT, Reuters, Ars Technica, and The Hill. Symantec blog (appears scriptwalled).

Here's a screenshot of Wana Decrypt0r 2.0. Note the Wikipedia licensing section.

Previously: Security In 2017: Ransomware Will Remain King
"Biggest Ransomware Attack in History" Hits Around 100 Countries, Disrupts UK's NHS
WannaCrypt Ransomware Variant -- Lacking Kill Switch -- Seen in Wild [Updated]
Decryption Utility for WannaCry is Released


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Gaaark on Tuesday May 23 2017, @11:45PM (5 children)

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 23 2017, @11:45PM (#514585) Journal

    What... is North Korea the American bad guy now, or is Russia? China??

    Or was Symantec told to take America's eyes/entertainment lobes off of Russia and put it back onto North Korea???

    Man, it's so hard to stay focused on who the bad guy is anymo---
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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by takyon on Tuesday May 23 2017, @11:48PM (2 children)

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Tuesday May 23 2017, @11:48PM (#514588) Journal

    The world's superpower can have multiple enemies???!

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    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Wednesday May 24 2017, @12:33AM (1 child)

      by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 24 2017, @12:33AM (#514602) Journal

      No: you need to focus the plebs on one enemy at a time! Hence the Jews in Nazi-land... "It's a small Jew world after all, it's a small Jew world uber alles"

      It's like marketing: one message hammered home again and again. It's the Jews, or it's the Russians or it's the Chinese, but NEVER all at the same time!

      --Yes, this is all sarcasm/joke--

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 24 2017, @07:50AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 24 2017, @07:50AM (#514715)

        in their hate, thanks to World 2.0 and the dramatic changes it has offered through digital content production values, Humans v2.0 can now be multi-minded in their ability to hate others! No longer must a single organization, group, race, gender, or religion be hated upon by them, but rather all can be hated upon with the full power of Humans v2.0 via their unique new Time-sharing Hate System (THS (TM)).

        Thanks to this unique system, brought about in part by research and development done through years upon years of painstaking R&D and refinements from visits to the Player Hater's Ball, KKK meetings, and Fundamental Synagogues, Churches, and Mosques, we have finally managed to produce people who can multi-facet their hate, providing the full power of their hate at any victim at any time provided a sufficient slice of time.

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by kaszz on Tuesday May 23 2017, @11:50PM

    by kaszz (4211) on Tuesday May 23 2017, @11:50PM (#514589) Journal

    Symantec - Mountain View, California, USA
    FireEye - Milpitas, California, USA

    Add some special letter soup letter.

    And you get whatever the master says! :-)
    Do I need to say more? :p

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by butthurt on Wednesday May 24 2017, @12:59AM

    by butthurt (6141) on Wednesday May 24 2017, @12:59AM (#514606) Journal

    "Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Eurasia was an ally."