Up to date Sep 6, 2018 1:39 PM EDT
The Division of Justice introduced prices Thursday in opposition to a North Korean government-sponsored hacker over the 2014 Sony Footage hack.
In a felony grievance filed earlier this 12 months however solely made public Thursday, the DOJ alleges Park Jin Hyok was a member of a hacking group generally known as the “Lazarus Group” and sponsored by the North Korean authorities, the DOJ stated in a information launch. The grievance alleges Park, working for a North Korean authorities entrance firm greatest generally known as Korea Expo Joint Enterprise, or KEJV, labored to assist the North Korean authorities’s malicious cyber actions.
Particularly, Park has been charged with one depend of conspiracy to commit laptop fraud and abuse, and one depend of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The Treasury Division introduced sanctions on North Korea for “a number of” cyber assaults in the identical day, particularly mentioning Park in its announcement of the sanctions.
“The grievance prices members of this North Korean-based conspiracy with being liable for cyberattacks that prompted unprecedented financial injury and disruption to companies in the US and across the globe,” First Assistant United States Legal professional Tracy Wilkison stated in a press release. “…These prices ship a message that we are going to observe down malicious actors regardless of how or the place they conceal. We’ll proceed to pursue justice for these liable for the massive financial losses and making an attempt to compromise the nationwide safety of the US.”
An arrest warrant was issued for Park in June and his final recognized whereabouts have been in North Korea. Officers insist that the timing of the unsealing of the felony grievance has nothing to do with the June summit between North Korean chief Kim Jong Un and President Trump, or with the push to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
The widespread 2014 assault on Sony, performed by a bunch calling itself the Guardians of Peace, uncovered quite a lot of embarrassing emails between producers and high executives on the film studio. On the time, CBS Information reported that sources stated the FBI had definitively traced the assault again to Kim’s regime.
Hours earlier than the anticipated announcement Thursday, Mr. Trump thanked Kim Jong Un for providing glowing phrases about Mr. Trump.
“Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims ‘unwavering religion in President Trump.’ Thanks to Chairman Kim. We’ll get it executed collectively!” Mr. Trump tweeted.
— Reporting contributed by Andres Triay, Paula Reid, Jeff Pegues and Kathryn Watson
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