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Foreign Office Minister condemns North Korean actor for WannaCry attacks

Foreign Office Minister condemns North Korean actor for WannaCry attacks

The North's foreign ministry spokesperson said through the country's state-run media on Thursday that the country had nothing to do with the attack. Microsoft patched existing attacks and "spared many US targets" while Facebook shut down accounts tied to ongoing cyberattacks, said Tom Bossert, homeland security advisor.

The statement accused the U.S. of forcibly linking North Korea to the attack - that led to a huge outcry worldwide - to incite the global community against the North Korean regime, state-owned KCNA agency reported.

The U.S.is planning a "bloody nose" military attack on North Korea, and new military solutions for the Korean Peninsula are in the works, the United Kingdom -based Telegraph exclusively reported on Wednesday.

"This move is a grave political provocation by the USA aimed at inducing the worldwide society into a confrontation against the DPRK by tarnishing the image of the dignified country and demonizing it", the spokesperson said.

WannaCry infected some 300,000 computers in 150 nations in May, encrypting user files and demanding hundreds of dollars from their owners for the keys to get them back.

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"Crystal clear is the objective of the USA to try to link to the issue of cyberattack at this very moment when it is hell-bent on making a harshest sanctions resolution against us", the North Korea spokesman said.

Bossert went on to write that the allegation was based on evidence also agreed upon by other governments and private companies.

The Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon has attributed the WannaCry ransomware incident to North Korean actors the Lazarus Group.

"We condemn these actions and commit ourselves to working with all responsible states to combat destructive criminal use of cyberspace".

Facebook and Microsoft staving off enemy attacks either paints a rosy yet fearsome portrait of tech companies today or a rather dismaying one of national security - or perhaps a little of both.


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