• President Donald Trump’s administration is publicly blaming North Korea for a ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain’s National Health Service.
Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Monday night that North Korea was “directly responsible” for the WannaCry ransomware attack and that Pyongyang will be held accountable for it.
Bossert said the administration’s finding of responsibility is based on evidence and confirmed by other governments and private companies, including the United Kingdom and Microsoft.
“North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behaviour is growing more egregious. WannaCry was indiscriminately reckless,” he wrote.
Bossert said the Trump administration will continue to use its “maximum pressure strategy to curb Pyongyang’s ability to mount attacks, cyber or otherwise.”
The WannaCry attack struck more than 150 nations in May, locking up digital documents, databases and other files and demanding a ransom for their release.
The United States and South Korea have accused North Korea of launching a series of cyberattacks in recent years, though the North has dismissed the accusations.
• FIFA has been informed of goal-line technology glitches during French league games, by the same system used at the 2014 World Cup.
Soccer’s governing body said on Tuesday it has yet to confirm whether GoalControl will be used in Russia at a second straight World Cup.
FIFA’s statement followed the French league warning GoalControl in a meeting on Tuesday that the contract could be terminated at the end of the season.
The French league said it wants improvements after expressing “dissatisfaction with the failures” in several matches with GoalControl, which informs referees on a watch if the ball has crossed the line.
It wrongly indicated during a weekend game that a header from a Troyes player crossed the line when it bounced down from the crossbar.
But it was ruled out after the referee realised there was a problem with the technology.
The French league said the readings from GoalControl cameras were distorted by the intensity of LEDs in the stadium, leading to the referee’s watch to wrongly vibrate indicating a goal.
A technician in a van spent several minutes checking the footage.
Goal-line technology entered soccer after a goal was wrongly disallowed at the 2010 World Cup. FIFA is focused on fast-tracking the next phase of technology — video assistant referees — for the 2018 World Cup.
GLT and VAR systems were provided by Hawk-Eye at the Confederations Cup this year.