CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 2016

Cyberattacks involving the United States of America and China

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By Alexa Hewitt, Fox News

    A ransomware virus called WannaCry has affected both the United States and China. In 2017, the United States was affected by the virus, a U.S  representative of the Crisis Cabinet stated “WannaCry virus is a ransomware virus that forces the user to pay a ransom under the threat of their data being deleted. In this case, WannaCry, most likely a product if North Korean hackers, crippled thousands of banks, hospitals, and businesses.” 

    To further explain Frank Hershey from TechNode described the attacks by the virus stating “the ransomware attack known as WannaCry and WannaCrypt  first started infecting Windows computers on Friday morning hitting Telefonica in Spain then users in the UK – most noticeably National Health Service hospitals – then the rest of Europe, Russia and China. It has since spread worldwide reaching the the US, where it affected FedEx.”

China has been affected on an extremely broad scale, its petroleum payment machines were not working. “The attack had meant many consoles were blocked from taking cards or third party payment such as Alipay and drivers had to pay in cash” Frank Hershy explains.

    According to United States intelligence, the culprit was found to be North Korea in December. In June, the Washington Post reported that the National Security Agency had linked North Korea to the creation of the worm. In October, the British government declared that it believed North Korea was the culprit. The following month, the CIA issued a similar classified assessment, which has not been previously reported. Even though the WannaCry cyberattack was resolved, it motivated countries to upgrade their cybersecurity.