In North Korea's case, Kim Jong Un may very well be thinking of using cryptocurrencies, which are not regulated or controlled by any single entity. "It's the flawless currency for North Korea to be hoarding", said George Kurtz, CEO of CrowdStrike, a company that offers SaaS endpoint protection and threat intelligence.
The government, in conjunction with several members of the Commonwealth realm and Japan, is also publicly attributing and denouncing North Korea as the actor behind May's WannaCry attack.
"The Pentagon is trying to find options that would allow them to punch the North Koreans in the nose, get their attention and show that we're serious", one former security official told the Telegraph.
Those possible responses include destroying a launch site before North Korea could test a missile, as well as targeting a stockpile of weapons, according to The Telegraph.
North Korea tested a nuclear weapon in September, its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb test.
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The WannaCry ransomware attack was a massive infiltration of over 300 thousand computers all around the globe. It was made possible by a vulnerability in out-of-date versions of Microsoft Windows.
The missile launch defied global sanctions on the country led by dictator Kim Jong Un, and it drew ire across the globe, as this was the highest missile North Korea has ever launched - reaching almost 2,800 miles at its highest. United States policy on North Korea explicitly calls for denying it the means to flawless its missile program.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the missile test went "higher, frankly, than any previous shot they have taken", and that North Korea can hit "everywhere in the world, basically".
On Tuesday the United Kingdom came out in support of the U.S. accusations.
"The attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible", Tom Bossert, Homeland Security adviser to the current administration, wrote in an article published on Monday, Dec. 18.