Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Experts see possible North Korea links to global cyberattack

Experts see possible North Korea links to global cyberattack

Researchers at security firm Proofpoint said the related attack, which installs a currency "miner" that generates digital cash, began infecting machines in late April or early May but had not been previously discovered because it allows computers to operate while creating the digital cash in the background.

Shares in firms that provide cyber security services rose sharply, led by Israel's Cyren Ltd and USA -based FireEye.

The WannaCry ransomware that attacked computers in 150 countries has lines of code that are identical to work by hackers known as the Lazarus Group, according to security experts.

He found that computer code used in an early version of WannaCry matched code used by the Lazarus group, which has been tied to the North Korean government.

Did North Korea Sponsor The WannaCry Attack? Researchers at Symantec and Kaspersky Lab have found similarities between WannaCry and previous attacks blamed on North Korea.

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"We are not aware if payments have led to any data recovery", Bossert said, adding that no USA federal government systems had been affected.

WannaCry borrows code from attacks orchestrated by the Lazarus Group, a shadowy hacker collective believed to be responsible for the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack in 2014, the Bangladesh central bank hack in 2016 and the Polish bank hacks in February.

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Security researchers say China's fondness for pirated software left it especially vulnerable to the latest global cyberattack.

FireEye Inc, another large cyber security firm, said it was also investigating but cautious about drawing a link to North Korea.

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"We need to return to dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, stop intimidating it and find ways to solve these problems peacefully", Putin was quoted as saying, using North Korea's official name.

Malware researcher Paul Burbage of Flashpoint, a business risk intelligence company, tells NPR's Martin Kaste that so far, he hasn't seen a solid connection between the ransomware and North Korea.

"In this case, there is a fragment of the technology that was associated with Lazarus", Clark said. And even finding a real person might be no help if theyre in a jurisdiction that wont cooperate.

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"EternalBlue (the hacking tool) has now demonstrated the ROI (return on investment) of the right sort of worm and this will become the focus of research for cybercriminals", Ivezic said. They might be hiding out in countries that wouldn't be willing to extradite suspects for prosecution, said Robert Cattanach, a former U.S. Justice Department attorney and an expert on cybersecurity.

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