U.S. charges three North Korean hackers over crypto attacks and WannaCry ransomware

US charges three North Korean hackers over crypto attacks and Wanna Cry ransomware

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged three North Koreans for stealing $1.3 billion in money and cryptocurrency in attacks on banks, the entertainment industry, cryptocurrency companies, and more.

Wednesday's indictment adds the two new defendants, Jon and Kim, as well as more victims of their alleged heists and extortion schemes.

Alaumary helped arrange for money to be removed from ATMs hacked by the North Korean operation.

Trying to steal tens of millions of dollars from cryptocurrency companies.

Embarrassing emails sent by Sony executives were made public in 2014, allegedly in retaliation for the studio's release of "The Interview", a comedy film that depicted the fictional assassination of Kim Jong Un.

The indictment builds on a 2018 case that charged Park for his alleged role in the cyberattack against Sony Pictures, the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank and other computer intrusions.

Cyber-Enabled ATM Cash-Out Thefts: Thefts through ATM cash-out schemes - referred to by the USA government as "FASTCash" - including the October 2018 theft of $6.1 million from BankIslami Pakistan Limited (BankIslami).

It also alleged they participated in the creation of the destructive WannaCry 2.0 ransomware - which hit Britain's National Health Service particularly hard when it was set loose in May 2017. The charges also accused the trio of deploying "multiple malicious cryptocurrency applications" and "fraudulently market a blockchain platform". Demers said the Justice Department seized and plans to return $2 million of that back to an unnamed New York-based financial services company.

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- Extensive "spear-phishing" campaigns, aimed at tricking computer users into clicking on phoney e-mail links, against U.S. defence contractors, aerospace and technology companies, as well as the U.S. State Department and Department of Defense.

That blockchain-based cryptocurrency offering promised early investors the ability to purchase "fractional ownership in marine shipping vessels", which the government says was just another way for the North Korean government to "secretly obtain funds from investors, control interests in marine shipping vessels, and evade US sanctions". "And they are the only way in which the Department speaks".

The $1.3 billion allegedly targeted would represent nearly half the total amount of North Korea's civilian merchandise imports - mainly from China - in 2019, the most recent year for which estimates are available, said Nicholas Eberstadt, an economist at the American Enterprise Institute.

"According to one member state, the DPRK total theft of virtual assets, from 2019 to November 2020" was approximately $316.4 million, the report said.

Ghaleb Alaumary was charged with laundering money on behalf of what the U.S. Department of Justice calls a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy.

A joint cyber advisory from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Treasury and DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) delves deeper into these backdoored cryptocurrency apps, a family of malware activity referred to as "AppleJeus".

"As laid out in today's indictment, North Korea's operatives, using keyboards rather than guns, stealing digital wallets of cryptocurrency instead of sacks of cash, are the world's leading bank robbers", Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers said.

"The Department will continue to confront malicious nation state cyber activity with our unique tools and work with our fellow agencies and the family of norms abiding nations to do the same".

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