WannaCry Ransomware: North Korea Denies Role in Global Cyber-Attacks

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North on Friday angrily dismissed reports linking its isolated regime to the global cyber-attack that held thousands of computers to virtual ransom.

Up to 300,000 computers in 150 countries were hit by the worm, which seizes systems and demands payment in to return control to users.

The code used in the latest attack is similar to that used in past hacks blamed on Kim Jong-Un’s regime, leading some to point the finger at Pyongyang.

But the North has now denied the claims, notably but not exclusively advanced by South Korean experts, and hit back Friday to accuse its opponents of spreading propaganda.

“It is ridiculous,” Kim In-Ryong, North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the , told reporters, suggesting Washington and Seoul were behind the allegation.

“Whenever something strange happens, it is the stereotyped way of the and the hostile forces to kick off a noisy anti-DPRK campaign.”

Seoul firm Hauri, known for its vast troves of data on Pyongyang’s activities, has been warning of attacks since last year.

The firm’s Simon Choi told AFP that the WannaCry shares code with tools used to target Pictures and Bangladesh, in previous attacks blamed on the North.

Researchers in the , and Israel have also pointed to a potential North Korean link – but it is notoriously hard to attribute cyber-attacks.

Google researcher Neel Mehta has shown similarities between WannaCry and code used by the Lazarus hacking group, widely believed to be connected to Pyongyang.