The Government of United States has issued a public statement saying that “FallChill” malware is being used by North Korea to cyber attack critical infrastructure of United States. The statement is actually meant to be an alert jointly issued by FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
In June this year, DHS already issued a national alert against North Korea accusing the country as a “Rogue Nation” having an objective to disturb the peace among Western nations. The alert also blamed the government of North Korea for launching continuous cyber attacks on media, aerospace and financial sectors back in 2009.
DHS alert also includes the threat actor dubbed by the US government as “Hidden Cobra”. This hacking group is being held responsible for several high profile attacks, including the ones targeting Sony Pictures, Bangladesh’s Central Bank and Financial Organization in Poland.
Though the US government is still skeptical, Britain’s GCHQ has confirmed that state-funded actors of North Korea were behind the WannaCry ransomware attack targeting NHS in May this year.
Note- The new alert issued by the US government coincides with the increasing tension between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea’s missile tests. And according to some of the leading media resources like Reuters say that a world war 3 could be triggered anytime soon as Donald Trump has lost his cool on Kim Jong UN’s nuclear ambitions.
On the other hand, North Korea’s Watch Dog 38 North has been denying the country’s involvement in WannaCry ransomware attack which disrupted the operations of more than 250,000 across the globe.
Note- 38 North happens to be a website devoted to the informed analysis of North Korea.