The U.S. Department of Justice announces criminal charges against a North Korean government spy in connection with the 2017 global WannaCry ransomware attack and the 2014 Sony Pictures Entertainment hack.
According to multiple government officials cited by the NY Times who are familiar with the indictment, the charges would be brought against Park Jin Hyok, who works for North Korean military intelligence agency Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB).
The November 2014 Sony Pictures Entertainment hack was done in retaliation for the studio’s production of a comedic film, “The Interview,” a comedy about two journalists who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In June 2014, the Pyongyang government also denounced the film as “undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, as well as an Act of War” in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
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