Over the past week, there has been a major worldwide cyber attack that has included numerous hackings. Now, experts are saying that North Korea may be involved…
Reuters reported that cybersecurity experts just found evidence that North Korea has something to do with the WannaCry cyber attack that has infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide, as global authorities scrambled to prevent hackers from spreading new versions of the virus. A researcher from South Korea’s Hauri Labs said that his findings match those of Symantec (SYMC.O) and Kaspersky Lab, who said yesterday that a previous version of the WannaCry software had also appeared in programs used by the Lazarus Group, identified by some researchers as a North Korea-run hacking operation.
“It is similar to North Korea’s backdoor malicious codes,” said Simon Choi, a senior researcher with Hauri who has researched North Korea’s hacking capabilities and advises South Korean police and National Intelligence Service.
Symantec and Kaspersky each agreed that it is too early to know for sure if North Korea is involved in the attacks, which finally slowed on Monday. The attacks have impacted several countries across Asia, and Malaysian cybersecurity firm LE Global Services said it identified 12 cases so far, including a large government-linked corporation, a government-linked investment firm and an insurance company.
“We may not see the real picture yet, as companies are not mandated to disclose security breaches to authorities in Malaysia,” said LE Global CEO Fong Choong Fook.
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