U.S. charges regime-linked North Korean in WannaCry, Sony hacks

DOJ to announce charges against North Koreans for Sony hack, Wannacry attack

A computer programmer has been charged in the U.S. with working for the North Korean state in a series of notorious cyber attacks, including the WannaCry ransomware that crippled the NHS.

Pak Jin Hyok, who conducted hacking on behalf of North Korea's Reconnaissance General Bureau, the military intelligence agency that controls most of the country's cyber capabilities, is charged in the attack on Sony, according to US officials.

Back In 2014, . the Federal Bureau of Investigation accused North Korean hackers of a major cyber intrusion into Sony Pictures, . which resulted in internal documents being leaked and data being destroyed. The FBI said spear-phishing emails were sent to various employees of defense contractors at various times through 2016 and 2017, and said that although the hackers have continued to target Lockheed Martin with repeated waves of spear-phishing, the FBI has no evidence the attempts were successful.

The Associated Press reported that a North Korean who is believed to have operated out of China will be among those charged. "The United States is committed to holding the regime accountable for its cyber-attacks and other crimes and destabilising activities".

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Park and Chosun Expo, also known as Korean Expo Joint Venture, were also targeted with financial sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department.

USA prosecutors have charged a North Korean man alleged to have been involved in creating the malicious software used to cripple the UK's National Health Service. The hackers demanded that Sony cancel the release of "The Interview", starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, and threatened violence against theaters that showed the film, prompting many cinemas to cancel engagements of the movie.

The complaint revealed that the same North Koreans behind the Sony hack carried out the theft in February 2016 of $81 million from the state Bangladesh Bank.

The company is affiliated with the North Korean government hacking unit called Lab 110.

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The widespread 2014 attack on Sony, conducted by a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace, exposed a number of embarrassing emails between producers and top executives at the movie studio.

USA officials believe the Sony hack was retribution for "The Interview", a comedy film that starred Seth Rogen and James Franco and centred on a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un. "We'll continue to identify and illuminate those responsible for malicious cyberattacks and intrusions, no matter who or where they are".

Park is charged with conspiracy and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

The WannaCry ransomware virus infected computers in 150 countries and crippled parts of the British health care system. The depiction caused officials to complain to the United Nations and resulted in the state media of the isolated nation warning of "merciless retaliation".

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The Sony hacking attack in 2014 was attributed at the time to a group calling itself "Guardians of Peace".

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