Ebene News – United States – US bills three North Koreans in $ 1 3 billion hacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has accused three North Korean computer programmers of a massive hacking frenzy that stole more than $ 1.3 billion in cash and cryptocurrency, affecting companies from banks to Hollywood movie studios, Justice Department said on Wednesday

Indictment alleges Jon Chang Hyok, 31, Kim Il, 27, and Park Jin Hyok, 36, stole money while working for northern military intelligence -koreans Park was previously indicted in an unsealed complaint in 2018

The Justice Department said hackers were responsible for a wide range of high-profile criminal activity and cyberattacks, including a retaliatory attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November 2014 for producing “The Interview” , which described the assassination of the North Korean leader

He also alleged that they were involved in the creation of the WannaCry 20 ransomware destroyer – which particularly affected the UK National Health Service when it was released in May 2017

The indictment also blames hackers for breaking into banks in South and Southeast Asia, Mexico and Africa by penetrating the networks of financial institutions and abusing the SWIFT protocol, and deploying malicious applications from March 2018 to September 2020 target cryptocurrency applications

Officials added that a Canadian-U.S. citizen also pleaded guilty separately to laundering some of the money of suspected hackers

The indictment was filed under seal on December 8, 2020 and unsealed in federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday

Although the three suspected hackers work for the North Korean government, the United States claims they have occasionally been stationed in various other countries, including China and Russia

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Ebene News – US – US bills three North Koreans in $ 1 3 billion hacks

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-cyber/u-s-charges-three-north-koreans-in-1-3-billion-hacking-spree-idUSKBN2AH2B5