US NSA links Wannacry Ransomware cyber attack to North Korea


The National Security Agency of United States has linked Pyongyang to the recent outbreak of Wannacry Ransomware cyber attack which affected more than 200,000 computers across 150 countries.

The American security agency confirmed that a hackers group named Hidden Cobra was behind the ransomware attack launched on May 12th, 2017. The security agency also validated that Hidden Cobra is the same Lazarus Group or Keepers of Peace which has been planning malicious cyber attacks on US Government since 2009.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FBI issued a joint statement this week which said that Wanna cry ransomware attack which mostly targeted unpatched versions of Windows operating systems across the globe was the work of North Korea based cyber actors.

The alert issued by the law enforcement agency also mentioned that a serious cyber attack from the same hackers group is under way which could be launched on the Windows Servers working across the globe at the end of this month.

Furthermore, the security bulletin issued by DHS and FBI says that Hidden Cobra is capable of introducing malware, keystroke logging, tools related to remote access and DDOS in near future.

Cyber Security has become a primary concern for the government of United States these days. Especially, White House concerns grew when Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a public statement that some private hackers from his country could launch cyber attacks on some foreign nations in near future in order to show their patriotism towards Russian Federation.

In order to counter such cyber threats in an efficient way, the 45th president of United States Mr. Donald Trump signed an executive order recently urging all government organizations to strengthen their cyber defenses by getting rid of antiquated systems and moving to the cloud.

Hope, this move helps in helping the cyber attack menace from some state-funded actors.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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