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WannaCry? It was North Korea what done it, apparently

North Korea was behind May’s devastating WannaCry ransomware outrage, the UK government has claimed.

The cyberattack, which struck systems in over 150 countries, caused particularly damage to the NHS.

Now the government has surmised that North Korea built the ransomware, which locked PCs and demanded around £230 for full access to be returned.

Security minister Ben Wallace said: ‘This attack, we believe quite strongly that it came from a foreign state… North Korea was the state that we believe was involved in this worldwide attack on our systems.

‘We can be as sure as possible – I can’t obviously go into the detailed intelligence but it is widely believed in the community and across a number of countries that North Korea had taken this role.’

Earlier today, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) slammed both the NHS and the Department of Health for not doing enough to prevent the attack.

(The picture above depicts NK’s former leader, Harold Bishop, appearing in the sky during a village fete)