>> It was a destructive cyber attack that wreaked havoc around the globe and now the Trump administration is pointing the finger of blame squarely on the North Korean government. I'm Dustin Voltz in Washington, where my sources are telling me that the Trump administration, on Tuesday, will, on live television, blame the North Korean government.
And say that they're responsible for the WannaCry attack that damaged 300,000 computers in more than 150 countries. This is not the first time that the U.S. government has blamed North Korea for a cyber attack, but it is significant, saying that the North Korean regime is behind the WannaCry attack, one of the most serious cyber attacks we've seen on record.
And it comes at a time, of course, when there are heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea's nuclear weapons capabilities. This is capping a year of bellicose rhetoric between the two nations, and sure to evoke a sharp response from North Korea. Senior administration officials say that this is intended to name and shame North Korea, and to rally the global community around trying to admonish this behavior, make sure that North Korea is deterred.
And not shaming them, but also trying to understand the capabilities more publicly so companies and governments can be more prepared to address them, if and when North Korea decides to carry out a similar attack in the future. This is not the first time the US government has blamed North Korea for cyber attacks.
Earlier this year, in fact, they said that North Korea was responsible for a spree of hacking attacks going back to 2009, targeting media companies, telecommunications, other industries. Of course, the most infamous episode was when the Obama administration, in 2014, blamed North Korea for the hack on Sony Pictures.
North Korea typically denies any involvement in cyber attacks against other nations. I expect them to do the same in this case. They've called such allegations smear campaigns to discredit the regime there. And so, this is likely to evoke a sharp response from North Korea. But it remains to be clear what that might be, beyond a further war of words that we've seen between the United States and North Korea already.