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US Plans 'Bloody Nose' Attack on North Korea

US Plans 'Bloody Nose' Attack on North Korea

At a press conference on Tuesday Bossert said, "After careful investigation, the United States is publicly attributing the massive WannaCry cyberattack to North Korea".

The WannaCry attack crippled hospitals, banks and companies around the world, and "highlights the capabilities that North Korea has in cyber", Kurtz said.

North Korea accused the U.S. of trying to create an "atmosphere of sanctions and pressure" against the DPRK by labelling it a criminal state.

WannaCry infected some 300,000 computers in 150 nations in May, encrypting user files and demanding hundreds of dollars from their owners for the keys to get them back.

The latest accusations against the communist government only heighten the tensions between the US and North Korea, which have been battling for months over North Korea's nuclear and missile program.

Not only have the United States and its allies increased missile defense deployments to the region, it's also deployed F-35 stealth fighters that have some capability to shoot down missile launches.

A strike could involve targeting a launch site before it launches a ballistic missile test or targeting North Korea weapons stockpiles.

"Crystal clear is the objective of the USA to try to link to the issue of cyberattack at this very moment when it is hell-bent on making a harshest sanctions resolution against us", the North Korea spokesman said.

The Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon has attributed the WannaCry ransomware incident to North Korean actors the Lazarus Group.

"North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behavior is growing more egregious", Bossert added, as quoted by Reuters.

Kurtz believes that North Korea is "building a cache" of cryptocurrencies that its hackers steal to gain benefits from its appreciation in value and to continue to do worldwide commerce despite the sanctions placed on them.

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