North Korea to the US: We aren't responsible for WannaCry

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More tensions were raised on the peninsula when South Korean soldiers fired a number of warning shots Thursday after a North Korean soldier fled across the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas, according to South Korean military officials.

Its cyber warfare abilities first came to prominence when it was accused of hacking into Sony Pictures Entertainment to take revenge for "The Interview", a satirical film that mocked its leader, Kim Jong-Un.

Bossert also warned of the threat of Russian hackers and appealed for legal action against suspected hackers, as well as Trump's decision to ban software from Kaspersky Lab from Russia to government computers.

"The Pentagon is trying to find options that would allow them to punch the North Koreans in the nose, get their attention and show that we're serious", one former security official told the Telegraph.

"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.

WannaCry began spreading on May 12 this year and encrypted the files on around 300,000 computers in 150 countries.

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However Facebook said its actions were nothing to do with the WannaCry attack, which infected computers in more than a third of NHS trusts in England.

Bossert went on to write that the allegation was based on evidence also agreed upon by other governments and private companies.

The cyberattack crippled hospitals, banks and other companies worldwide, including parts of the UK's National Health Service. It was made possible by a vulnerability in out-of-date versions of Microsoft Windows.

It is not unusual for Pyongyang to issue harsh rhetoric against Washington and South Korea. Bossert said Trump had used "just about every lever you can use, short of starving the people of North Korea to death, to change their behaviour". About $7 million in digital money was stolen in the hacks, South Korean officials said.

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 global commerce despite the sanctions placed on them. "We applaud our corporate partners, Microsoft and Facebook especially, for acting on their own last week without any direction by the U.S. government or coordination to disrupt the activities of North Korean hackers", he 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.

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