Skip to Content
Uncategorized

America Is Blaming North Korea for the WannaCry Ransomware Attack

December 19, 2017

The Trump administration is pointing to Pyongyang as the culprit behind one of 2017’s biggest cyberattacks. Tom Bossert, Donald Trump’s homeland security advisor, writes in the Wall Street Journal ($) that North Korea “will be held accountable” for the WannaCry attack.

As we wrote at the time, the ransomware hit over 200,000 computers in 150 countries in May. Making use of cyberweapons leaked from the U.S. National Security Agency, the malware quickly spread, locking up computers and demanding Bitcoin in exchange for freeing them.

Bossert writes that the Trump administration does “not make this allegation lightly,” adding that “it is based on evidence. We are not alone with our findings.” Indeed, the U.K. government already said it’s “as sure as possible” that North Korea orchestrated the hacks.

Keep Reading

Most Popular

Here’s how a Twitter engineer says it will break in the coming weeks

One insider says the company’s current staffing isn’t able to sustain the platform.

Technology that lets us “speak” to our dead relatives has arrived. Are we ready?

Digital clones of the people we love could forever change how we grieve.

How to befriend a crow

I watched a bunch of crows on TikTok and now I'm trying to connect with some local birds.

Starlink signals can be reverse-engineered to work like GPS—whether SpaceX likes it or not

Elon said no thanks to using his mega-constellation for navigation. Researchers went ahead anyway.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.