News reports quoted a senior Trump administration official as saying that the U.S. had come to the conclusion, "with a very high level of confidence" that the Lazarus Group, a hacking organisation that works on behalf of Pyongyang, was behind the WannaCry attack.
In Monday's commentary, KCNA referenced warnings of the cost and devastation of a USA miscalculation on North Korea by Defense Priorities foreign policy expert and former CATO Institute defense policy head Charles Peña, which appeared in The National Interest and RealClearDefense earlier this year, as well as a recent letter by dozens of retired military officials advising Trump that "military options must not be the preferred course of action", reported by The Washington Post. The announcement came in the form of an op-ed in The Wall Street Journalauthored by President Donald Trump's Homeland Security Advisor, Thomas Bossert.
This was enough, at the time, to insinuate North Korea was behind Wannacry, though researchers warned it was "well short of poof, " and that copying snippets of code is not uncommon among unrelated hacker groups. The malware infected over 300,000 computers in 150 different countries.
The US is not the only country that attributes the WannaCry attack to North Korea, Bossert adds.
While North Korea is the main focus of Bossert's claims in the Op-Ed, he does not forget to talk about alleged 2016 election meddling by Russian hackers or the US's issues with Iran either.
Bossert also warned that North Korea's "malicious behavior" has been ramping up, but that the U.S. government intends to respond.
Bossert said that President Trump had "ordered the modernization of government information-technology to enhance the security of the systems we run on behalf of the American people".
Bossert continues in his Op-Ed to tout what he believes are Trump's achievements in the realm of thwarting cyber attacks. "If those hackers travel, we will arrest them and bring them to justice". A few weeks ago, we charged three Chinese nationals for hacking, theft of trade secrets and identity theft. The U.S. must lead this effort, rallying allies and responsible tech companies throughout the free world to increase the security and resilience of the internet.
"After careful investigation, the USA today publicly attributes the massive "WannaCry" cyberattack to North Korea", Bessert writes.
The event was held at Camp Stanley, a US military facility located some 20 km from Seoul, South Korea, according to a statement by the US Army.