US charges North Korean in Bangladesh central bank, Sony hacks

US charges North Korean in Bangladesh central bank, Sony hacks

US charges North Korean in Bangladesh central bank, Sony hacks

Jin Hyok Park of North Korea, a suspected North Korean hacker in the 2014 cyber attack on Sony Corp, is seen in this Federal Bureau of Investigation photo released in Washington, DC, US, September 6, 2018.

Park Jin Hyok was part of a hacking group that conducted some of the most destructive recent online attacks in the world, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday.

"This was one of the most complex and longest cyberinvestigations the department has taken", said John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security.

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.

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

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The complaint also alleges that Park was in China in 2014, but returned to North Korea shortly before the Sony attack.

The indictment, initially reported by ABC News and the Washington Post, is the first direct set of charges against an individual associated with the North Korean government.

"OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) designated the North Korean computer programmer Park Jin Hyok for having engaged in significant activities undermining cyber security through the use of computer networks or systems against targets outside of North Korea on behalf to the Government of North Korea or the Workers' Party of Korea", an official statement by the US Treasury Department said.

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Treasury said it was also sanctioning the entity Park worked for, Chosun Expo Joint Venture, also known as Korea Expo Joint Venture or KEJV, and said it was controlled by the government of North Korea. It's been a year and half since he launched a ransomware attack that hit hundreds of thousands of computers across the globe.

North Korea routinely denies being involved in hack attacks attributed to them. "If they don't, this president will act on behalf of the United States".

"The criminal conduct outlined in this case is intolerable", said Tracy Wilkison, the first assistant US attorney in Los Angeles.

The DOJ has charged hackers in China, Iran and Russian Federation aiming to dissuade foreign powers from accommodating those who would attack US corporations.

No North Korean government officials were referenced in the complaint by name, though it does allege the government sponsored the attacks.

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Officials insist that the timing of the unsealing of the criminal complaint has nothing to do with the June summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump, or with the push to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

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