Researchers Identify Clue Connecting Ransomware Assault to Group Tied to North Korea

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Link involves version of software used in latest attack and uploaded to archive

Employees watch an electronic board to monitor possible ransomware cyberattacks at the Korea Internet and Security Agency in Seoul, South Korea.
Employees watch an electronic board to monitor possible ransomware cyberattacks at the Korea Internet and Security Agency in Seoul, South Korea.PHOTO: YONHAP/EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

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Updated May 15, 2017 9:57 p.m. ET

Cybersecurity researchers identified a digital clue connecting the global ransomware assault to previous cyberattacks by a group linked to North Korea.

The link involves a version of the software used in the latest attack, known as WannaCry, that was detected earlier this year and uploaded to an archive for security researchers.

Neel Mehta, a security researcher at AlphabetInc.’sGOOGL 0.43% Google unit, on Monday pointed out similarities between that earlier WannaCry variant and code used in a series of attacks that security specialists have attributed to the Lazarus group. Security experts say that hacking group carried…

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