• Meet The North Korean Evil Genius Who Hacked Sony, The Bangladesh

    From Virus Guy@1:396/4 to All on Thu Sep 6 23:57:28 2018
    From: Virus Guy <Virus@Guy.C0M>

    Meet The North Korean Evil Genius Who Hacked Sony, The Bangladesh
    Central Bank, And Launched WannaCry


    In the latest crackdown on foreign hackers, on Thursday the DOJ accused
    a North Korean programmer of hacking a series of financial institutions
    and entertainment companies as part of a wave of cyber attacks ordered
    by the Kim Jong Un's regime. The criminal complaint unsealed on Thursday alleged that Park Jin Hyok was responsible for the hack of Sony Pictures
    in 2014, the theft of $80m from the Bangladesh Central Bank in 2016, and
    the WannaCry malware attack in 2017.

    The US government also alleged that Hyok targeted Lockheed Martin, which
    built an anti-missile defence system deployed in South Korea.

    Meet... North Korea's notorious cyber villain, hacking wizard and
    undisputed evil genius.


    Hyok was charged in a 179-page criminal complaint that detailed his
    alleged hacks on behalf of the North Korean government from 2014 through
    to 2018. The filing does not name any other individuals but a DoJ
    official said its investigation was ongoing. At the same time, the US
    Treasury announced sanctions against Hyok and Chosun Expo Joint Venture,
    the company he worked for. The DOJ claimed the company was a front
    designed to generate currency for North Korean intelligence.

    “Working for a foreign government does not immunise criminal conduct,”
    said John Demers, assistant attorney-general for the DoJ's national
    security division. In noting previous cyberhacking charges against
    Chinese, Russian and Iranian nationals going back to 2014, Demers said
    that "today we add the North Korean regime to our list,” he said, which
    made “four out of four of our principal adversaries in cyber space."

    "These activities run afoul of acceptable norms of behaviour in cyber
    space and the international community must address them," he added.

    Ironically - or perhaps intentionally - the DOJ announcement of the
    charges came just hours after Donald Trump tweeted praise from the North Korean leader.

    “Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims ‘unwavering faith in President
    Trump'. Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!” Mr
    Trump tweeted on Thursday morning.

    A senior DoJ official said the department had given “our partners in the
    US government a heads-up” regarding the action, as normal. The official declined to provide detail on why the justice department chose to unseal
    the complaint at this time, according to the FT. It was filed in the
    central district of California in June.

    The FBI has previously identified North Korea as responsible for the
    hack of Sony 2014, which the US said was in retaliation for The
    Interview, a movie that mocked the North Korean leader. Last year, the
    Trump administration also attributed the WannaCry ransomware attack to
    North Korea.

    The charges against Hyok come as US officials grow increasingly
    frustrated that North Korea has not made any moves towards
    denuclearisation following the historic summit between Mr Trump and Mr
    Kim in June. After the summit, Mr Trump and Mike Pompeo, the secretary
    of state leading the North Korea talks, defended the agreement reached
    in Singapore against accusations that it was too vague.

    Today's release may therefore be a nudge to Trump to push forward with escalating the peace process, or else engage in further sanctions.

    In recent weeks Trump himself has conceded that negotiations are not progressing well — to the point that he told Mr Pompeo to cancel a visit
    to Pyongyang where the secretary of state had been expected to meet Kim.
    After a gap of six months, the US in August started imposing more
    North Korea-related sanctions, as it attempted to step up economic
    pressure on Pyongyang. China has reportedly been easing some of the
    measures that it had imposed in accordance with UN sanctions on the
    North Korean regime.

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  • From RayLopez99@1:396/4 to All on Tue Oct 9 12:47:07 2018
    From: RayLopez99 <raylopez88@gmail.com>

    On Friday, September 7, 2018 at 9:56:46 PM UTC+8, Virus Guy wrote:
    Meet The North Korean Evil Genius Who Hacked Sony, The Bangladesh

    That guy can get a job in Silicon Valley in a heartbeat!

    --- NewsGate v1.0 gamma 2
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