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.
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
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 Reuters The cyber attack disabled NHS computer systems across the country
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.
Kim Jong Un congratulates scientists and technicians who conducted the most recent North Korean nuclear test