US sues North Korean for WannCry and ict attack on Sony update

Sep

6

2018

The US Justice is allegedly suing a North Korea spy in connection with the attack on Sony Pictures’ computer network in 2014. The man was to work for the North Korean military intelligence service.

The United States would have had the person in sight for some time, but it would have been difficult to sue because it would reveal burdensome information that was secretly labeled. The New York Times writes this on the basis of discussions with three government officials. According to The Washington Post, the spy is associated with the Lazarus Group, which would also be behind attacks on the Swift banking system and the WannaCry malware.

The FBI quickly pointed to North Korea in 2014 with an accusing finger, partly because the attacks on Sony Pictures used malware and infrastructure that was also used in a large-scale operation against systems in South Korea and the proxy did not work .

During the attack, a large part of the computers of Sony Pictures was rendered useless and e-mails and files were captured, which later appeared on the internet. The operation seemed to be focused on the release of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, with an attempt to murder the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Sony canceled the premiere and further screening in cinemas.

Update, 18.50 : The Public Prosecutor has confirmed the news. The spy would work through a Chinese-based company, Korean Expo Joint Venture, which earns money for the intelligence service of North Korea. The man is accused of extortion, fraud and various forms of ICT crime and his attacks would continue this year. According to Motherboard, the attack also mentions an attack on Lockheed Martin.

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