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WannaCry attack a “smear campaign” claims North Korea

The North Korean government has denied claims that it was involved in last year’s WannaCry attack that hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry official has stated that the person named by the U.S. to have carried out the attack was a “non-entity” and warned that the allegations could harm links between the two countries.

"The act of cybercrimes mentioned by the Justice Department has nothing to do with us," Han Yong Song, a researcher at the North Korean Foreign Ministry's Institute for American Studies, said in a statement.

He continued, saying that: “The U.S. should seriously ponder over the negative consequences of circulating falsehoods and inciting antagonism against the DPRK that may affect the implementation of the joint statement adopted at the DPRK-U.S. summit.”

The U.S. has previously accused North Korea of carrying out the attack against the entertainment company, and a North Korean computer programmer was charged with the cyber attacks that hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment, as well as infecting computers across 150 countries.

The virus also crippled parts of the NHS, federal prosecutors said on 6 September.
It had been a long-held belief of the FBI that Korea was behind the attack, which used malware to scramble data on hundreds of thousands of computers at hospitals, government agencies, banks, and businesses throughout the world.

Tracy Wilkison, the first assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said: “The criminal conduct outlined in this case is intolerable,” and that, “the North Korean-backed conspiracy attempted to crush freedom of speech in the U.S. and the U.K. It robbed banks around the world. And it created indiscriminate malware that paralyzed computers and disrupted the delivery of medical care.”

According to records, the charges were filed just four days before President Trump met with Kim Jong Un of North Korea.