The Flashpoint research team recently looked at the language that was used in the WannaCry ransom notice. According to the researchers of Flashpoint, the use of proper punctuation and grammar in only the Chinese versions suggests that the author was either native or at least fluent in Chinese.
Ransom notice translate versions appear machine translated
According to the Flashpoint research team, the translated versions of the ransom notice seemed to be mostly machine translated. The ransom note of the dangerous WannaCry flaw could be displayed in overall 28 different languages, however, only the English and Chinese versions seemed to be written by not machines but instead by humans.
The English text used some unusual phrases as well like: “But you have not so enough time.” The WannaCry cyber-attack, which infected more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries, affected the computer systems and data of private companies, healthcare units and government companies. Not only the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Europol but also National Crime Agency of the UK are investigating the issue and are trying to finding who was responsible for the ransomware.
The previous analysis of the software had indicated that the criminals in North Korea may have been behind the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack. However, the researchers of Flashpoint noted that the Korean-language ransom note was a poorly translated version of the English text.
Hackers wanted to keep a low profile: Prof. Woodward
Prof Alan Woodward, a cyber-security expert from the University of Surrey, said “It was only really the Chinese and the English versions that appeared to be written by someone that understood the language.” He added that the rest seemed to come from Google Translate, including the Korean version.
The people behind the ransomware had not attempted to retrieve the money that the victims had paid in Bitcoin, said Prof Woodward. He added that it was probably because the cyber attackers were trying to keep a low profile. In an interview to news outlet BBC News, he said “I actually think they’ve run for the hills.” Further, Prof. Woodward said, “Their so-called command and control system, the thing that controls quite a lot of the software, has all been turned off. They know that so many people are watching them now and that following the money could lead to their downfall. I suspect if they’ve got any sense at all they’ll leave it well alone.”