North Korean charged in crippling Sony hack, WannaCry virus

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The US has charged a North Korean programmer for the WannaCry ransomware attack in 2017 and the Sony Pictures hack in 2014.

The state-sponsored attacks were allegedly carried out by a group of North Korean hackers who worked for a front company called Chosun Expo Joint Venture, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice (DoJ) said at a press conference on Thursday.

The indictment alleges that Park took part in these attacks, as well as attacks on including USA defense contractors, university faculty, technology companies, virtual currency exchanges, and US electric utilities, as well as attempted financial institution attacks over the past four years.

The North Koreans undertook the Sony hack, United States officials say, in retaliation for the Sony comedy film "The Interview", about a scheme to assassinate the North Korean leader.

A senior DOJ official said that while no other individuals are named in the complaint, Park allegedly worked with others in carrying out the attacks. Google, Walker wrote, "identifies bad actors, disables their accounts, warns our users about them, and shares intelligence with other companies and law enforcement officials".

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Sony wound up canceling the theatrical release after threats were made to theaters.

The North Koreans also attempted similar unsuccessful online bank thefts between 2015 and 2018, worth an estimated $1 billion.

The group targeted entertainment groups and banks and then used the same code to create the WannaCry ransomware that caused global havoc, including crippling the National Health Service in the UK.

The charges were filed under seal June 8, four days before President Trump's historic meeting with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, to discuss ending decades of hostility between the two countries.

It is unlikely Park will be extradited since the U.S. has no formal relations with North Korea.

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

Prosecutors said Mr Park was believed to be in North Korea. "The North Korean-backed conspiracy attempted to crush freedom of speech in the USA and the U.K. It robbed banks around the world".

President Trump's administration blamed the rogue regime late past year for the WannaCry ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May 2017 and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Friday that these actions show the United States' stance that. talking with North Korea and keeping pressure on the regime must go hand in hand to achieve complete denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. Investigators discovered his CV and tracked his activities.

In the attack on Sony, hackers wiped data from thousands of computers, stole and released films confidential emails whose contents forced the resignation of a top executive, and most alarming of all, pressured the Hollywood studio to pull a satirical film planned for a Christmas release depicting the assassination of leader Kim Jong-Un.

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