White House reveals North Korea launched the WannaCry cyber-attack

White House reveals North Korea launched the WannaCry cyber-attack

White House reveals North Korea launched the WannaCry cyber-attack

If the U.S. attacks North Korea, it might just call a long-standing bluff and bring the embarrassing realization that Pyongyang's bark is worse than its bite, or it might unleash nuclear war unlike any ever seen on earth.

"The hope is that military force would show Kim Jong-un that America is "serious" about stopping further nuclear development and trigger negotiations", the Telegraph reported.

"The Pentagon is trying to find options that would allow them to punch the North Koreans in the nose, get their attention and show that we're serious", a former United States security official briefed on policy told The Telegraph.

The report cited three anonymous sources, one inside the administration and two former officials familiar with the White Houses thinking.

The plans indicated that President Donald Trump is more willing to use military option than previously thought. Britain's National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) has also reportedly attributed WannaCry to North Korea, as well.

The statement is North Korea's first response to the US' decision to publicly attribute blame for the WannaCry ransomware attack to the country.

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"WannaCry was indiscriminately reckless", the Homeland Security adviser emphasized.

Little progress has been made in the stand-off with North Korea that causes tensions to run high around the globe, as the country led by dictator Kim Jong Un continues to tout its missile program and threaten the Untied States with destruction.

How Kim would respond to such an attack is a mystery.

But if the U.S. were to attack North Korea, it would be a gamble that a limited strike won't turn into all-out nuclear war.

"North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behavior is growing more egregious", Bossert added, as quoted by Reuters. According to USA Today, on November 29, the DPRK launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile that it claimed could hit targets on the US mainland.

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