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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
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WannaCrypt Ransomware Variant -- Lacking Kill Switch -- Seen in Wild [Updated]
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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 24 2017, @08:30AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 24 2017, @08:30AM (#514724)

    The dangerous parts were leaked from the NSA. The NSA needed something to "prove" that leaking their exploits helps the enemy rather than helping fixing our own security. What better way than a false flag operation, creating some shoddily written malware that infects a lot of computers.

    I expected them to blame Russia (like the recent election), but North Korea makes it even more obvious that it was a false flag operation.

    Does anyone here actually believe that malware attacking Windows could come out of a country where computers (all three of them) were invented by Kim Jong Un. As far as I know, Microsoft never ported Windows to Kim Jong Un hardware.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 24 2017, @10:39AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 24 2017, @10:39AM (#514745)

    actually, this is not that unbelievable.
    the bit with the movie a couple of years ago was just plain stupid, and I doubt North Korea was actually involved, but I do believe the North Koreans would be capable of extortion/"data kidnapping" or whatever you want to call it.
    they definitely need the cash, and they have enough resources to develop the capability.
    and they don't really have anything to lose.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 24 2017, @04:33PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 24 2017, @04:33PM (#514914)

    The elites have cell phones and computers. It's shocking how little americans know about north korea. Which absolutely is a massive threat and who we will probably go to war with.
    The irony is that the people first to say "well we don't know what's REALLY going on over there" over and over in an effort to look deep and woke also make the least effort to educate themselves. You could easily google information on north korea and you could just as easily talk to chinese who live on that border to verify such information is correct.