North Korean hacker charged with Sony, WannaCry attacks

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In a statement, the Treasury Department also linked Park to the February 2016 cyber-enabled fraudulent transfer of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank and the ransomware used in the May 2017 "WannaCry 2.0" cyber-attack, which encrypted data on Microsoft computers across the world and demanded ransom payments in Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

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

"This was one of the most complex and longest cyberinvestigations the department has taken", said John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security.

"These activities run afoul of norms of acceptable safe behavior in cyber space and the worldwide community must address them when we can", Demers said, adding that the charges "reflect the department's determination and ability to follow the facts and the law and to hold individuals and nations accountable for their crimes".

Park, 34, worked for a North Korean government front company called the Korea Expo Joint Venture, according to the complaint.

Activity from Park's real-name Chosun Expo account and numerous accounts tied to Lazarus Group activity originated from the same Internet addresses in North Korea.

"It's been four years since North Korea's petty little despot hacked Sony Pictures because he didn't like a movie that a free and open society produced".

The FBI said at the time it had recovered evidence connecting North Korea to the attack and others in South Korea.

The U.S. government on Thursday charged and sanctioned a North Korean man in the 2017 global WannaCry ransomware cyberattack and the 2014 cyberassault on Sony Corp (6758.T) (SNE.N), U.S. officials said.

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 United States is committed to holding the regime accountable for its cyber-attacks and other crimes and destabilizing activities".

It is unlikely that he will be extradited because the US has no formal relations with North Korea and the North Korean government was not notified about the charges.

Just this morning, Trump tweeted, "Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims 'unwavering faith in President Trump.' Thank you Chairman Kim".

Former President Obama had ordered sanctions against North Korea over the Sony attack.

Actor Randall Park playing Kim Jong-Un in the Sony Pictures movie The Interview-a movie hackers didn't leak.

In one attack, an email sent to a victim from Facebook alerting them to the fact that their account had been accessed from a different IP address was grabbed by the hackers and then resent with the hyperlink within the email changed from Facebook's website to a domain that they controlled.

Prosecutors said Mr Park was believed to be in North Korea. "Despite efforts to hide his identity and the subjects' efforts to isolate the Chosun Expo Accounts from operational accounts that they used with aliases to carry on their hacking operations", the Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit states, "there are numerous connections between these sets of accounts".

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