The attack, similar to the ransomware that infected more than 300,000 computers last month, also affected computers at Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukranian banks and multinational firms.
Symantec researchers have found multiple instances of code that had been used both in North Korea-linked group’s activity and earlier versions of WannaCry.
Though the devastating WannaCry ransomware attack was a failure on the NSA’s part, current UN cyber norms are far too weak to hold any international actor – let alone the US – responsible.
Cyber security researchers have said that they found technical evidence that could link North Korea with the global WannaCry “ransomware” cyber attack.
The underground market for software vulnerabilities has been growing steadily since the 1990s, so the latest WannaCry could be a sign of things to come.
An unprecedented global cyber attack that infected computers in 150 countries has unleashed a new wave of criticism of the US National Security Agency.
The UK’s National Health Service data is being held to ransom by criminals. This is the mother of all wake-up calls.
“At the moment, we are in the face of an escalating threat. The numbers are going up, I am worried about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn (on) their machines on Monday morning,” said Europol’s director.
Asia may have been less effected because it was evening on the continent by the time the virus hit European countries, although the damage remains unknown.
Devices connected to the House’s internet via wifi or ethernet cables have been barred from accessing appspot.com, the domain where Google hosts custom-built apps, after the FBI notified Congress of a potential security vulnerability.