U.S. indicts North Korean agents for WannaCry, Sony attacks

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The US government has formally accused the North Korean government of being behind the Sony pictures hack, the WannaCry ransomware that crippled the UK's National Health Service and other organizations, and a series of online bank heists including $81m stolen from Bangladesh's national bank.

"This has nothing to do with the summit and nothing to do with denuclearization", Wilkison said.

The U.S. government previously said North Korea was responsible for the 2014 Sony hack that led to the release of a trove of sensitive personal information about employees, including Social Security numbers, financial records, salary information, as well as embarrassing emails among top executives.

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

"The United States has charged a 34-year-old North Korean for allegedly playing a key role in cyberattacks on Sony Pictures and other entities since 2014".

Britain's National Cyber Crime Unit said it had obtained critical evidence which was able to link the NHS attack to others already being investigated in the US.

"The Conspiracy attempted to and did gain access to several other banks in various countries from 2015 through 2018 using similar methods and watering hole attacks, attempting the theft of at least United States dollars 1 billion through such operations", the complaint said.

The hackers also targeted technology and virtual currency industries, as well as academia and electric utilities, authorities said. "Terms you'll see in the complaint, such as watering holes and back doors, don't sound menacing, but in reality they describe malicious cyber techniques that wreak havoc on our computer systems and our lives".

U.S. authorities say Park Jin Hyok was part of the state-sponsored "Lazarus Group".

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The US Justice and Treasury Departments said Park Jin-hyok was "part of the conspiracy" that masterminded those notorious hacks "on behalf of the Government of North Korea or the Workers' Party of Korea".

Officials state in the complaint that Park was working for a front company named the Korean Expo Joint Venture, which worked on behalf of North Korean intelligence and was charged with generating revenue for the military branch.

In 2014, for instance, the Obama administration charged five Chinese military hackers with a series of digital break-ins at American companies, and previous year, the Justice Department charged Russian hackers with an intrusion at Yahoo Inc.

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

It's unlikely he will be extradited because the USA has no formal relations with North Korea.

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.

Hours before the anticipated announcement Thursday, Mr. Trump thanked Kim Jong Un for offering glowing words about Mr. Trump.

It was not immediately clear what effect they might have on those diplomatic efforts - whether, for example, North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un might walk away.