North Korean hacker responsible for Bangladesh Bank heist

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

John Demers, who heads the Justice Department's National Security Division, told reporters on Thursday that it was important to call out hacking activities, as the US had done against China, Iran and Russian Federation. The complaint said there was no evidence Lockheed was breached.

North Korea has always been suspected - and accused - of having carried out the Sony hack and being behind the WannaCry ransomware but today those accusations were made formal.

U.S. officials long believed the attack was retribution for The Interview, a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader.

Another high-profile cyberattack the USA believed to be carried out by North Korea was the illicit transfer of $81m from a Bangladeshi bank in 2016.

The Treasury Department also added Park Jin Hyok's name to their sanction list, which prohibits banks that do business in the US from providing accounts to him or Chosun Expo. Sony canceled the theatrical release of the film amid threats to moviegoers.

He was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, and another count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

The Treasury Department also announced Thursday that it is sanctioning Park, "for having engaged in significant activities undermining cybersecurity through the use of computer networks or systems against targets outside of North Korea" on behalf of the government.

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The cyber-theft of a huge amount of files from Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014 saw the company lose control of private communications between top executives, personal data of thousands of employees and customers, and scripts and information on upcoming films.

Officials say Park at times traveled to neighboring China and conducted work under a front company called Chosun Expo.

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.

The individual, identified by the Post as Pak Jin Hyok, participated in the Sony Pictures attack under orders from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's clandestine military intelligence agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, the indictment alleges.

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

"Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims "unwavering faith in President Trump", the 45th president of the United States tweeted.

Hours before the anticipated announcement Thursday, Mr. Trump thanked Kim Jong Un for offering glowing words about Mr. Trump. "We will get it done together!"

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