Expert finds more North Korea links in ransomware attack

On this, the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab's researcher Kurt Baumgartner said, "Neel Mehta's discovery is the most significant clue to date regarding the origins of WannaCrypt". Symantec is also said to have named North Korea as its "man", but its blog on the subject stops short of committing to that.

"Attribution can be hard here", said US homeland security advisor Tom Bossert in a Monday press briefing. The investigators however said more investigation sis needed. Hackers do reuse code from other operations, so even copied lines fall well short of proof.

The code, published on Twitter, is exclusive to North Korean hackers, researchers said.

Hackers for the Lazarus Group were blamed for the theft of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank. If the attack was political it would have been more targeted.

Homeland security and counterterrorism adviser Tom Bossert speaks about malware known as WannaCry, Monday, May 15, 2017, during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. It is possible that this has been deliberately set as a false flag, and we do see false flag operations where attackers will deliberately try to throw researchers off the scent by making it look like something else other than themselves.

The number of infections have dropped since it hit its peak Friday at more than 9,000 computers an hour. One officials said authorities suspect the attack was launched using "hundreds or thousands" of computers and was "meant to infect the world". The U.S. government has not commented directly on the matter.

Morgan Stanley, in upgrading the stock, said Cisco should benefit from network spending driven by security needs.

But security researchers have noticed a similarity between an earlier version of WannaCry and a hacking tool used by the Lazarus Group. Although the flaw has been patched by the company, not all users had applied the update.

Microsoft's senior legal voice Brad Smith said it was equivalent to "the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen", but the White House said it was wrong to blame the NSA.

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"This was not a tool developed by the NSA to hold ransom data".

Specially, no United States federal systems are affected, he said.

"A genie let out of a bottle of this kind, especially created by secret services, can then cause damage to its authors and creators", the Russian leader said on the sidelines of a summit in Beijing.

The Count is now up to 300,000 victims in 150 countries. Three days after becoming infected the demand doubles.

Symantec also noted that they continue to study the virus in order to identify the more obvious connection. The hackers also asked for Bitcoin payments worth of $3 million. "We have already installed the necessary security in batches as far as the government key networks are concerned", said Information Technology Secretary Aruna Sundararajan in New Delhi.

Renault-Nissan said output had returned to normal at almost all its plants.

BSA The Software Alliance, an industry group, says some 70 percent of computers in China run unlicensed software, the highest level among large countries.

Global cyber chaos was spreading Monday as companies booted up computers at work following the weekend's worldwide "ransomware" cyberattack.

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