In Computer Attacks- Clues Point to Frequent Culprit: North Korea – The New York Times

“SAN FRANCISCO — Intelligence officials and private security experts say that new digital clues point to North Korean-linked hackers as likely suspects in the sweeping ransomware attacks that have crippled computer systems around the world.The indicators are far from conclusive, the researchers warned, and it could be weeks, if not months, before investigators are confident enough in their findings to officially point the finger at Pyongyang’s increasingly bold corps of digital hackers. The attackers based their weapon on vulnerabilities that were stolen from the National Security Agency and published last month.

Security experts at Symantec, which in the past has accurately identified attacks mounted by the United States, Israel and North Korea, found early versions of the ransomware, called WannaCry, that used tools that were also deployed against Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Bangladesh central bank last year and Polish banks in February. American officials said Monday that they had seen the same similarities.”

This is happy Microsoft in China day. The three countries hit the hardest by the ransomware attack on Windows XP, are the most guilty of stealing and not paying Microsoft for legal copies of their operating systems they steal. What justice at last.
If I were at Microsoft, I would be discussing Microsoft planning more ransomware attacks on the users of stolen OS. The payments could be sent directly to Microsoft.

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