E&T News Story: WannaCry cyber attack perpetrated by North Korean hackers, claims Symantec

The WannaCry cyber attack that hit the NHS and other institutions around the world on 12 May was probably perpetrated by North Korean hackers, according to cyber-security firm Symantec Corp.

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May 23, 2017
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The WannaCry cyber attack that hit the NHS and other institutions around the world on 12 May was probably perpetrated by North Korean hackers, according to cyber-security firm Symantec Corp.

Symantec said that it was “highly likely” that the attack originated from North Korea, spreading to over 300,000 computers worldwide and affecting hospitals, banks and schools.

Symantec researchers said they had found multiple instances of code that had been used both in the North Korea-linked group’s previous activity and in early versions of WannaCry.

In addition, the same Internet connection was used to install an early version of WannaCry on two computers and to communicate with a tool that destroyed files at Sony Pictures Entertainment. The US government and private companies have previously accused North Korea over the 2014 Sony attack.

North Korea has routinely denied any such role. On Monday, it called earlier reports that it might have been behind the WannaCry attack “a dirty and despicable smear campaign.”

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Digital Content Editor, The Institution of Engineering & Technology

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