WASHINGTON: The U.S. Department of Justice has accused North Korean military intelligence officials of stealing 1. 1.3 billion in corrupt and traditional currencies from banks and other targets in a cybersecurity operation Wednesday.
The first action taken by President Joe Biden’s administration against Pyongyang was aimed at dubbing the department a “global crime campaign” by North Korea.
The department has accused the three hacking and malware operations projects of funding its government and evading UN sanctions, which have drained its revenue sources.
For at least seven years, officials have created malicious cryptocurrency applications that have opened doors to target computers. Hacked in companies that market and trade digital currencies like Bitcoin. The department said it also developed a blockchain platform to avoid sanctions and raise funds secretly.
In 2018, these hackers stole 6. 6.1 million from Pakistani bank’s ATM machines after gaining access to their computer network.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles is based on the 2018 charges against one of the three, identified as Park Jin Hyok.
He was charged with hacking 2014 photographs, creating the infamous WannaCry ransomware and stealing $ 81 million in 2016 from the Central Bank of Bangladesh.
The new charges include two defendants, John Chang Hyok and Kim iL.
The allegations allege that the three worked together in the General Bureau of Reconnaissance, the hacking center of North Korea’s military intelligence, known in the cyber security community as the Lazarus Group, or APT38.
In addition to the earlier allegations, the trio also allegedly negotiated with North Korea, Russia and China to hack into computers using spare phishing techniques, and malicious software-wrapped cryptocurrency applications. Promote caches so that they can empty the corrupt wallets of the victims.
They allegedly looted digital currency exchanges in Slovenia and Indonesia and exported .8 11.8 million in New York.
In the 2018 scheme, he robbed Bank Islami of Pakistan of $6.1 million from ATM machines after gaining access to his computer network.
The Justice Department did not say exactly what it believed the defendants had stolen.
‘Keyboard instead of gun’
In addition, the allegations allege that Kim L. developed a blockchain-based digital currency-like “marine chain token” that was apparently a means for investors to buy shares of shipping ships.
According to the allegations, he marketed investment opportunities in the scheme in Singapore without informing potential investors, which was designed to conceal ship ownership identities to help North Korea evade sanctions.
The Justice Department said all of these actions were aimed at “advancing the strategic and financial interests of the (North Korean) government and its leader, Kim Jong Un.”