(Washington) U.S. authorities announced Wednesday that they have indicted three North Koreans on charges of committing a series of computer hacking attacks against businesses and financial institutions, including targeting the cryptomatics sector, for a total of about $1.3 billion.
Published on 17 February 2021 at 12:10 pm
« These North Korean agents, using computer keyboards instead of guns, stealing computer wallets filled with cryptomoney instead of bags of cash, are the number one bank robbers in the world, » said federal prosecutor John Demers.
According to the indictment filed in a Los Angeles court, the three suspects are part of a North Korean military intelligence agency known to have launched cyber attacks in the past. They have been identified as follows: Jon Chang Hyok, 31, Kim Il, 27 and Park Jin Hyok, 36.
The scale of their crimes, committed over a long period of time, is « pharaminous » and illustrates « the growing alliance between officials working for states and highly sophisticated hackers, » said Michael D’Ambrosio, a director of the Secret Service.
Pyongyang has already been accused of being behind several large-scale cyber attacks, including the 2014 Sony Pictures hacking attack.
The incident was claimed by a group of hackers, « Guardians of the peace » (GOP), who demanded that the film studio cancel the release of « The interview that tue ! « a comedy in which two journalists are approached by the CIA to kill Kim Jong-un.