WannaCry Attacks Bear Links to Sony Pictures Hackers

The attacks are likely linked to the Lazarus group, but do not bear the hallmarks of a nation-state campaign

Similarities in code, tools and infrastructure are leading Symantec experts to believe that the WannaCry ransomware attacks carried out against several healthcare organizations, among others, worldwide last week could be the same group that carried out similar attacks on Sony Pictures and Bangladesh bank. Symantec’s analysis could only link the crimes to the hackers, known as the Lazarus group, but could not disclose specific motivations around the attack, a blog post notes.

“Despite the links to Lazarus, the WannaCry attacks do not bear the hallmarks of a nation-state campaign but are more typical of a cybercrime campaign,” the blog post said.

May 24 2017