North Korea rejects US' WannaCry cyber attack accusations

"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", a former United States security official briefed on policy told The Telegraph.

"As we have clearly stated on several occasions, we have nothing to do with cyber attack and we do not feel a need to respond, on a case-by-case basis, to such absurd allegations of the US", the spokesman said, according to the North's official KCNA news agency.

The statement accused the U.S. of forcibly linking North Korea to the attack - that led to a huge outcry worldwide - to incite the global community against the North Korean regime, state-owned KCNA agency reported.

"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 source was quoted as saying.

"But it seems likely, the analysis adds, that the missile had a very light mock warhead, meaning it might lack the power to carry a nuclear payload, which is much heavier, over that distance", the BBC pointed out. "It's the flawless currency for North Korea to be hoarding", said George Kurtz, CEO of CrowdStrike, a company that offers SaaS endpoint protection and threat intelligence.


But when US Navy ships fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield, President Donald Trump had the world's support in attacking a nation accused of using chemical weapons on its own people.

North Korea has launched 23 missiles since February.

The attack exploited a Windows vulnerability that was originally developed by the US National Security Agency, but was released in a stolen cache of NSA cyberweapons by a hacking group known as the Shadow Brokers. USA policy on North Korea explicitly calls for denying it the means to flawless its missile program.

On Tuesday the United Kingdom came out in support of the USA accusations.

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


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