DOJ to announce charges against North Koreans for Sony hack, Wannacry attack

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pose at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore in this

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has brought charges for the first time against a North Korean hacker.

The individual, identified by the Post as Pak Jin Hyok, participated in the Sony Pictures attack under orders from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's clandestine military intelligence agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, the indictment alleges.

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.

United States prosecutors have charged a North Korean man alleged to have been involved in creating the malicious software used to cripple the UK's National Health Service.

The charges and sanctions came amid President Donald Trump's efforts to negotiate with Kim Jong Un's regime to give up its nuclear arsenal.

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.

But it is unlikely he will be extradited because the U.S. has no formal relations with North Korea and the North Korean government was not notified about the charges.

Specifically, Park has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse, and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

As part of the cyber-heist in Bangladesh Bank, Park accessed the bank's computer terminals that interfaced with the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) communication system after compromising the bank's computer network with spear-phishing emails, then sent fraudulently authenticated SWIFT messages directing the Federal Reserve Bank of NY to transfer funds from Bangladesh to accounts in other Asian countries.

In 2016, hackers breached the Bangladesh Bank's servers and made off with $81 million.

The attacks are alleged to have been carried out from North Korea, China and other countries.

The company is affiliated with the North Korean government hacking unit called Lab 110.

President Trump's administration blamed the rogue regime late a year ago for the WannaCry ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May 2017 and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service. "If they don't, this president will act on behalf of the United States". Investigators discovered his CV and tracked his activities.

The front company linked to the North Korean hacking, Chosen Expo, was originally a joint venture between North Korea and South Korea created under a Korean e-commerce and lottery website. It also led to the cancelled release of the film The Interview.

The hackers used the same aliases and accounts from the Sony attack when they sent spear-phishing emails to several USA defense contractors, including Lockheed Martin, and others in South Korea, officials said.

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