Feds Expand Charges Against North Korean Government Hackers Accused in Sony Breach – NBC Los Angeles

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A gaggle of North Korean army hackers beforehand accused of orchestrating the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures has been charged by U.S. prosecutors in Los Angeles with a slew of recent computer crimes.

An indictment unsealed Wednesday expands fees first introduced in 2018 towards three individually named hackers, alleging the trio took half in a conspiracy to steal money and cryptocurrency from banks and people world wide.

A second unsealed prison case described a money-laundering scheme that facilitated a number of the monetary thefts, together with an allegation {that a} huge 2019 cyber-theft from a financial institution in Malta was, in half, facilitated by a person charged in Los Angeles final summer time with money laundering.

“The scope of the criminal conduct by the North Korean hackers was extensive and long-running, and the range of crimes they have committed is staggering,” Acting U.S. Attorney Tracy L. Wilkison, the top federal prosecutor in Southern California, stated in a press release. 

“As laid out in today’s indictment, North Korea’s operatives, using keyboards rather than masks and guns, are the world’s leading 21st century nation-state bank robbers,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers of the Justice Department’s National Security Division stated in ready remarks.

According to federal authorities, the three hackers:

  • Orchestrated the cyber assault on Sony Pictures in 2014 to retaliate for the discharge of the film “The Interview” that confirmed the fictional assassination of the North Korean dictator
  • Created quite a lot of cryptocurrency assaults between 2018 and 2020 and stole greater than $100-million in cryptocurrency, together with an $11.8 million theft in 2020 from New York
  • Created the “WannaCry 2.0” ransomware in 2017 and tried to extort funds from governments and companies by remotely encrypting their information.
  • Created and executed a wide range of “spear phishing” assaults towards U.S. corporations, together with protection contractors, aerospace, vitality, and know-how corporations, and towards the U.S. Departments of Defense and State.

The three males underneath indictment, Jon Chang Hyok, 31, Kim Il, 27, and Park Jin Hyok, 36, are staff of a cyber intelligence unit of the North Korean army, generally known as the, “Lazarus Group,” or, “Advanced Persistent Threat 38

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