Researchers investigating last week’s cyber attacks involving the WannaCry ransomware say that early versions of the software had some code in common with past attacks by the “Lazarus Group,” which some officials have accused of being North Korean hackers.
The Lazarus Group was behind a handful of past attacks, most notably the Sony hacking incident of 2014, which officials attributed to North Korea primarily because it came around the release of the movie The Interview, which involved a plot to kill North Korea’s leader.
The researchers who noted the similar code conceded that copying snippets of code between hacker groups is not uncommon, and that this was “well short of proof” of an actual relationship between the two. Indeed, most of the WannaCry code was a copy of exploits developed by the NSA.
The US has long favored blaming whatever nation they are at odds with at any given time for any high-profile cyber attack, which in the past has left puzzling situations where the US accuses Russia or China of hacking something they had no plausible reason to hack in the first place. While North Korea doesn’t have a clear motive for bringing down phones in Spain or Britain’s health care system, US officials are continuing to talk this up.
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He is breathing….. OMG, Itz gotta be a tip off to Moscow of an impending black.op… Were these people ever sa e or paranoia free…????????
Washington DC the hack story capital of the world and what I mean by that is “hack” journalism.
“…most of the WannaCry code was a copy of exploits developed by the NSA.”
Well then, it’s obvious, using past US justifications of responsibility that the US is at fault, right? Sanction them!
Didn’t the Obama regime say that such an attack should be considered the same as an act of war?
So has Dick Cheney, and McCain fairly recently, and dozens of others over the last decade or so.
Haven’t some of the leaks shown that these spy agencies collect bits of code from other hackers? For the express purpose of covering their tracks and being able to blame attacks on others?
Of course, the US corporate news that only prints what the NSA and the CIA wants them to print (the former FBI director said just this directly a week or so back) didn’t cover that angle very much, and now of course ignores it to try to deflect blame away from their masters.
Anyone running this story should be immediately suspect as a direct NSA pipeline of propaganda, and ignored and shunned going forward. In this case, Reuters. If you don’t read them or listen to you, then they can’t get their lies into your brain. A simple human firewall that anyone can implement.
How many IP addresses does the DPRK have altogether?
They keep blaming the least likely suspect and the nattering noisemakers and their bobblehead audience goes right along with it.
It’s gotten beyond old.
Do something horrible and blame someone else for it. Currently the list to cycle through are:
The North Koreans
Shot a guy cause he exposed your corruption? No problem, we’ll cook up a huge cockamamie load of horse manure and blame one of the aforementioned “bad boy countries”.
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