America to North Korea: We've spied your hacking spy

America to North Korea: We've spied your hacking spy

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday that it was charging a North Korean programmer in the 2014 Sony hack, last year's "WannaCry" malware attack and a 2016 theft from the Bangladesh Bank.

Pak Jin Hyok, who conducted hacking on behalf of North Korea's Reconnaissance General Bureau, the military intelligence agency that controls most of the country's cyber capabilities, is charged in the attack on Sony, according to USA officials.

"This complaint exposes a vast and audacious scheme by the North Korean government to utilise computer intrusions as a means to support the varied goals of their regime", said Paul Delacourt from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Park Jin Hyok is said to be linked to the Lazarus Group.

US officials believe the Sony hack was retribution for "The Interview", a comedy film that starred Seth Rogen and James Franco and centred on a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.

The US government acknowledged that it is unlikely to get their hands on Park Jin Hyok - his last known location was North Korea and the US does not have an extradition treaty with the dictatorship - but argued it was still important to name him and lodge a formal complaint. In recent years the department has charged hackers from China, Iran and Russian Federation in hopes of publicly shaming other countries for sponsoring cyberattacks on USA corporations.

In 2014, USA officials said unnamed North Korean hackers were responsible for a major cyber intrusion into Sony, which resulted in leaked internal documents and data being destroyed.

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The Justice Department charged Park with one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, and another count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

The November 2014 cyber hack of Sony - an attempt to block the release of the provocative comedy, "The Interview", which involved an assassination plot of North Korean leader Kim Jung Un - created an global crisis, filled with extortion attempts, threats to moviegoers and embarrassing leaks of executives' emails that included gossip about the lives of Hollywood celebrities and ultimately, the resignation of Sony Chairwoman Amy Pascal.

The North Korean government was not notified about the charges, which are likely to be a source of irritation.

North Korea has denied the allegations.

Diplomatic efforts have sputtered since the June summit, though Kim said through South Korean security officials Thursday that he still has faith Trump is committed to ending hostile relations. "We will get it done together!"

The Trump White House also announced previous year that it believed North Korea was behind for the WannaCry attack, which spread rapidly through hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries last May.

In addition to targeting Sony, hackers sent spear-phishing emails to employees at AMC Theaters, which had planned to screen the movie, and to a British company producing a fictional television serious about a scientist taken prisoner in North Korea, authorities said.

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