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Linguistic analysis suggests Chinese hackers were behind WannaCry cyberattack

The hackers responsible for the recent WannaCry cyberattack, which affected over 200,000 computers all over the world, are likely from southern China, according to a linguistic analysis by United States intelligence company Flashpoint.

The firm examined 28 ransom notes within the virus in various languages. The analysis showed that the message was put through Google Translate in all languages except English and Chinese, in which it was originally written.

The notes written in Chinese, both traditional and simplified, were put together by a native speaker, Flashpoint concluded based on the fact that typos in the text suggest a Chinese-language input system was used to type the messages. However, the strongest proof that Chinese hackers are responsible for WannaCry is the fact that the note in Chinese is longer and contains more details than in any other language, according to the US firm.

On May 12, the WannaCry ransomware first hit computers across the globe, targeting companies including Renault and FedEx, as well as the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs and the United Kingdom National Health Services. Earlier, US cybersecurity companies Symantec and Kaspersky claimed the found evidence which suggests North Korean hackers were behind the attack.

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