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U.S. attributes malware to North Korea

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Korean People's Army soldiers leave after paying their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders. Photo: Ed Jones / AFP via Getty

The Homeland Security Department's Computer Emergency Readiness Team warned industry stakeholders about two types of malware Tuesday. The warning attributed the Joanap and Brambul malware to the North Korean government.

Why it matters: It is uncommon for the U.S. to make any public attribution for a cyberattack. Generally, that only happens when there is both definitive evidence for the attack and a strategic reason to name who was responsible for it. While the potential strategic aspects of the attribution may raise some eyebrows — it comes out as a former North Korean official travels to New York to meet with the administration — there may be a more mundane explanation.