In this Monday, May 15, 2017, file photo, employees watch electronic boards to monitor possible ransomware cyberattacks at the Korea Internet and Security Agency in Seoul, South Korea. (Yun Dong-jin/Yonhap via AP)
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A couple of things about the WannaCry cyberattack are certain.One thing is a lot less clear: whether North Korea had anything to do with it.Within days of the attack, respected cybersecurity firms Symantec and Kaspersky Labs hinted at a North Korea link. But identifying hackers behind sophisticated attacks is a notoriously difficult task. When experts say North Korea is behind an attack, what they often mean is that Pyongyang is suspected of working with or through a group known as Lazarus. Some experts see the latest attack as an anomaly.Madden said the North, officially known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, if it had a role at all, could have instead been involved by giving or providing parts of the packet used in the attack to another state-sponsored hacking group with whom it is in contact.Very few victims of the WannaCry attack appear to have actually paid up.
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