Dec 19, 2017

U.S. to declare North Korea was behind WannaCry cyberattack

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un pictured on a TV screen in Seoul. Photo: Ahn Young-joon / AP

The U.S. government is prepared to publicly declare that North Korea was behind the sweeping WannaCry cyberattack that impacted over 230,000 computers across more than 150 countries this summer, the Washington Post reports.

What's next: President Trump's homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, will make the declaration in an op-ed Monday evening. The Trump administration will direct "all responsible states" to combat the North Korean regime's cyber hacking capabilities and to impose "relevant" United Nations Security Council sanctions, the Post reports, citing a U.S. official familiar with the plans.

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What he's saying: "If that's what happened in a Democratic debate, you know, I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out."

Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

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Lyft has acquired Halo Cars, a small startup that lets ride-hailing drivers earn money via ad displays mounted atop their cars. Lyft confirmed the deal but declined to share any details.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing companies are increasingly eyeing additional ways to generate revenue, and Lyft rival Uber has been quietly testing a partnership with New York-based Cargo that gives it a cut of the advertising revenue, as I previously reported.