Jump directly to the content
TOP

North Korea ‘blamed’ for ‘WannaCry’ cyber attack that crippled the NHS

NORTH Korea was blamed by Britain’s Security Minister for the ‘WannaCry’ cyber-attack which crippled the NHS.

Tory rising star Ben Wallace said the Government believed “quite strongly” that a foreign state was responsible and named Pyongyang.

Kim Jong-un
AFP – Getty

Microsoft President Brad Smith has called for a ‘digital Geneva Convention’ to stop future state-sponsored attacks after Kim Jong-un was named by MPs[/caption]

He said: “North Korea was the state that we believe was involved in this worldwide attack.”

The incendiary comments came 24 hours after a watchdog warned hackers could down the NHS again unless it gets its act together.

Hospitals and GP surgeries across England and Scotland were among at least 16 health organisations hit by a so-called ‘ransomware’ attack in May.

Thousands of patients were turned away and appointments cancelled as the ‘WannaCry’ virus scrambled data on computers.

Alamy

Britain Security Minister certain that a foreign power was behind the attack[/caption]

The cyber attack disabled NHS computer systems across the country
Reuters

Hackers demanded up to £500 to allow staff back onto their systems.

Speaking yesterday Mr Wallace said the attack could have been motivated by an attempt by North Korea to access foreign funds.

He said the regime has been “potentially linked to other attacks about raising foreign currency”.

Microsoft president Brad Smith two weeks ago pointed the finger at Kim Jong Un’s secretive state – calling for a ‘new digital Geneva Convention’ to put an end to state-sponsored cyber attacks.

 


MOST READ IN NEWS

HE’S OUR HERO


Ben Stokes praised by two gay men ‘after he saved them from homophobic yobs’

LIDL BIT STUPID


Lidl just sacked a hard-working manager for the most bizarre reason

‘PUT ME DOWN, WEIRDO!’


Brit teens fight with OAPs over sun lounger reserved with a towel

SICKO CAGED


Paedo stabbed wife to death after she found his stash of child abuse images

EX-CORRIE star DEAD


Corrie actor Iain Rogerson dies of suspected insulin overdose at 56

MY RAPE HELL


Mexican sex slave claims she was raped 43,200 times from the age of 12