The Trump administration blamed North Korea publicly for carrying out WannaCry cyber attack on December 18. The attack paralyzed banks, hospitals, and many companies across the world at early 2017.
“The attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible,” wrote Tom Bossert, homeland security adviser to President Donald Trump, in an article published in the Wall Street Journal.
Bossert added, “North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behavior is growing more egregious. WannaCry was indiscriminately reckless.”
The Trump administration would reveal more details and formal statement on the matter, according to a senior official. The U.S. government discovered that a hacking group known as Lazarus Group, which operates on behalf of North Korea conducted the WannaCry attack.
Representatives of the North Korean government have not commented yet. The country has been repeatedly refusing to take the responsibility of the WannaCry attack.
The White House has not named any specific individual or included any indictments in the condemnation. The administration official added the condemnation was made to hold North Korea responsible for their actions and “erode and undercut their ability to launch attacks.”
Some security researchers have commented that WannaCry attack was carried out accidentally by North Korea as the development of the code was going on.
The administration official refused to comment on whether U.S. intelligence could find out if the attack was planned.
“What we see is a continued pattern of North Korea misbehaving, whether destructive cyber attacks, hacking for financial gain, or targeting infrastructure around the globe,” the official said.