Press Release


McCaul Statement on the “WannaCry” Attack

Washington, D.C.  House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement on the U.S. publicly attributing the massive “WannaCry” cyberattack to North Korea.

Chairman McCaul: “The declaration that North Korea was directly behind the ‘WannaCry’ attack in May is a grave reminder that the regime in Pyongyang can threaten innocent people almost anywhere on earth with more than just ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons, and that we must do more to strengthen our own cybersecurity. 

“As the American people have become more reliant on computer networks for both personal and professional use, everyone is now a potential victim of hacking by cybercriminals, nation states, and others. That is why over my Chairmanship, I have made strengthening the cybersecurity mission of DHS one our Committee’s top priorities.

“While we have made progress with passing laws to increase information sharing between both the public and private sector and strengthen federal networks, we need to do more. The Senate can start by passing the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act, House-passed bipartisan legislation that creates a standalone operational agency to better protect America.

“Cybersecurity is key to keeping our homeland safe and we should implement common sense solutions like this one without any delay.”