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Hacker Charged for WannaCry Assault Does Not Exist: North Korea

The North Korean International Affairs Ministry has claimed {that a} hacker allegedly liable for debilitating cyber-attacks towards Sony and the worldwide WannaCry ransomware outbreak doesn’t exist, media reported.

The assertion got here after the US Division of Justice (DoJ) final week indicted Park Jin Hyok, the North Korean hacker, for being reportedly liable for the sequence of assaults.

US officers mentioned that Park is believed to be a member of North Korea's navy intelligence outfit the Reconnaissance Common Bureau, in addition to a suspected member of Lazarus, a hacking group which has been linked to a string of assaults towards every little thing from banks to authorities businesses, ZDNet reported on Friday.

Nevertheless, if North Korea is to be believed, the hacker is nothing greater than a figment of the US legislation enforcement's creativeness, the report added.

In a press release on Friday, Han Yong Tune, an official on the Ministry of International Affairs, mentioned that Park is a "non-entity" and "the act of cyber crimes talked about by the Justice Division has nothing to do with us."

The ministry added that any allegations of cyber-espionage or hacking are nothing greater than "vicious slander" and a "smear marketing campaign" which has the potential to disrupt talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's chief Kim Jong Un.

"The US ought to significantly ponder over the destructive penalties of circulating falsehoods and inciting antagonism towards the Democratic Folks's Republic of Korea (DPRK) that will have an effect on the implementation of the joint assertion adopted on the DPRK-US summit," the official was quoted as saying by the Korean Central Information Company (KCNA).

The WannaCry ransomware outbreak is a newer cyber-attack which brought about intensive harm and disruption to companies and organizations worldwide.

The ransomware, which leveraged vulnerabilities within the Home windows file-sharing protocol Server Message Block (SMB), compromised an estimated 3,00,00zero PCs worldwide and struck organizations together with the UK's Nationwide Well being Service (NHS), US hospitals and banks.

The whole monetary losses have been pegged at $four billion.

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