North Korea will launch ‘destructive CYBER ATTACKS’ on the UK, security expert warns

Monday, November 13, 2017
By Paul Martin

NORTH Korea will launch a “greater scale of cyber attacks” on the UK next year, a British security expert has claimed.

Mon, Nov 13, 2017

Robert Hannigan, the ex-director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), has warned that the WannaCry ransomware attack on the NHS in May is just the start of despot leader Kim Jong-un’s cyber war.

He said: “WannaCry was really a reasonably sophisticated tool, used rather ineptly. They will learn from that. People always do.

“They will get better at using those tools, and there are far more sophisticated tools out there, and they will start to use them.

“The technical sophistication of the threats is going to get worse, without question.

“We’ll see more ransomware, we’ll see a greater scale of attacks.”

The security expert added that greater state involvement in Pyongyang will lead to “more destructive” attacks and will result in “more of what I call collateral damage”.

Mr Hannifin went on: “If you look at the NHS, nobody would seriously believe that the North Koreans wanted to attack the NHS, and not least because they were never going to pay a ransom.

“These were collateral casualties, if you like, in cyber space.

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