Cyber attack eases, at least 12 incidents reported in Malaysia

Gladys Abbott
May 17, 2017

Cyber security researchers around the world have said they have found evidence that could link North Korea with the WannaCry cyber attack.

It has been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the USA mainland, and experts say Sunday's test was another step toward that aim.

Haley warned of sanctions against those supporting Pyongyang.

She refuted Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent remarks at a New Silk Road conference in Beijing that the West should stop intimidating the North, saying the global community should join hands in pressuring the North.

"It is very important to make sure that you have automatic updates set to your systems, to your browsers, to your anti-malware systems", Duncan said.

Simon Choi, a director at South Korean antivirus software company Hauri Inc. who has analyzed North Korean malware since 2008 and advises the government, said Tuesday that the North is no newcomer to the world of bitcoins.

The research will be closely followed by law enforcement agencies around the world, including Washington, where President Donald Trump's homeland security adviser said on Monday that both foreign nations and cyber criminals were possible culprits.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, center, Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho, left, and Korean Ambassador Tae-yul Cho speak to reporters before a Security Council meeting on the situation in North Korea, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at United Nations headquarters.

Russian Federation has recently been accused of cyber meddling in several countries, but Putin said his country had nothing to do with the attack.

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Gelica Sablan, a 25-year-old Guam resident and college student, echoed those concerns: "Other people from neighboring Asian counties or any country in general might not want to come here because they might think it's a threat that their safety might be compromised". "We're not trying to do any of those things", she said.

On May 10, new South Korean President Moon Jae-in officially assumed office, stating in his inaugural address that he would do everything possible to maintain peace on the Korean peninsula, and even "visit Pyongyang if it is possible". The North Koreans have staged hundreds of cyberattacks against media and government organizations, banks and others in rival South Korea. "We are continuing to investigate for stronger connections".

Both Symantec and Kaspersky said it was too early to tell whether North Korea was involved in the attacks, based on the evidence that was published on Twitter by Google security researcher Neel Mehta.

Some experts, including officials in Tokyo, estimate that Sunday's launch successfully tested a new type of missile, potentially the longest in North Korea's arsenal.

Pyongyang said the missile, the Hwasong-12, was capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead".

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks at the Security Council meeting at the United Nations Headquarters, in NY, U.S, on April 7, 2017.

Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho also called for further pressure on Pyongyang.

"I feel like you can usually tell, or at least question something before you open up (email)", said computer user Tony Terranova.

The council demanded North Korea halt its tests and said it was ready to impose further sanctions. We will continue our course.

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