The United States government issues a rare alert squarely blaming North Korea for a series of cyber attacks stretching back to 2009, and warns more are likely on the way. Ryan Brooks reports.
Washington pointing the finger at North Korea for cyber attacks dating back years. A rare warning issued from both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday (June 13) blaming Pyongyang of hacks targeting media, finance and infrastructure around the world since 2009, which also said attacks are likely to keep on coming. No specific victims are named but the report refers to a group called "Hidden Cobra," previously known as "Lazarus Group," and linked to the 2014 attacks on Sony Pictures. Security experts say it's "highly likely" Lazarus was behind the WannaCry ransomware attack that infected 300,000 computers globally last month. North Korea routinely denies involvement in cyber attacks. "It is ridiculous. Whenever something strange happens, it is the stereotype way of the United States and the hostile forces that kick off noisy anti-DPRK campaign," said Kim In Ryong, deputy North Korean ambassador to the United Nations, last month. Security analysts tell Reuters they're concerned about the increasingly aggressive cyber attacks from the North. Hacks have included espionage at South Korean finance, energy and transportation companies, and appear to be reconnaissance ahead of further attacks.