The United States has indicted three North Korean hackers who stole $ 1.3 billion in money and cryptocurrency for the regime’s military.
The indictment alleges that Jon Chang Hyok, 31, Kim Il, 27, and Park Jin Hyok, 36, stole money while they were working for North Korean military intelligence.
The FBI is looking for Park Jin Hyok, a supposedly state-sponsored North Korean computer programmerCredit: FBI
The Justice Department charged the three hackers with a wide range of global and destructive hacks, including fighting banks and a movie studio, according to federal prosecutors.
Park is a North Korean national and allegedly federally sponsored computer programmer who, according to the FBI, participated in some of the most expensive computer intrusions of all time, including the theft of currency and virtual currency.
He was last known in North Korea, but had previously traveled to China and reported birth years of 1984 and 1981.
Park had previously been indicted in a 2018 sealed complaint.
The FBI is looking for Kim Il, who is allegedly a government sponsored North Korean hackerCredit: FBI
Kim is reportedly a government sponsored North Korean hacker who is also involved in some of the most expensive interventions in history.
He is a North Korean national who was last known to live in his home country. However, he had previously traveled to Singapore and Russia and was reportedly born in 1994.
Jon is reportedly a government sponsored North Korean hacker who also played a role in some of the most expensive computer intrusions.
He is a North Korean citizen who was last known to live in North Korea. He had previously traveled to China and was reportedly born in 1989.
The FBI is looking for Jon Chan Hyok, who is allegedly a government-sponsored North Korean hackerCredit: FBI
The unsealed indictment builds on an earlier criminal case from 2018 and adds two additional North Korean defendants.
Officials added that a Canadian-American citizen pleaded guilty to laundering some of the alleged hackers’ money.
“As set out in today’s indictment, North Korea’s employees who use keyboards instead of guns and steal digital wallets with cryptocurrency instead of moneybags are the world’s leading bank robbers,” Deputy Attorney General John Demers, the Justice Department’s top national security officer, told reporters .
The US has indicted three hackers from North Korea who stole $ 1.3 billion
According to a Justice Department statement, the three hackers committed a wide range of financial and cyber crimes, “from ransomware attacks and phishing campaigns to digital bank robberies and sophisticated money laundering operations.”
According to official sources, the conspiracy also includes the 2014 cyber attack on Sony Pictures in retaliation for the film “The Interview”, which showed the murder of the North Korean leader and the AMC theaters.
Between 2015 and 2019, the hackers attempted to steal more than $ 1.2 billion from banks in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Mexico, Malta and Africa by hacking banks’ computer networks and sending fraudulent messages.
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The hackers are also accused of attacking hundreds of cryptocurrency companies and stealing millions of dollars’ worth of cryptocurrency.
According to official sources, the hackers are also accused of stealing $ 6.1 million from BankIslami Pakistan Limited and of developing the destructive WannaCry 2.0 ransomware in 2017.
They add that the three hackers are responsible for developing malicious cryptocurrency applications like Celas Trade Pro, WorldBit-Bot, iCryptoFx, Union Crypto Trader, Kupay Wallet, CoinGo Trade, Dorusio, CryptoNeuro Trader and Ants2Whale that give them backdoors into the computers of the Gave sacrifices.
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