DOJ charges North Korean hackers with stealing $1.3 billion in cryptocurrency

Source: The Hill | February 17, 2021 | Maggie Miller

The Justice Department (DOJ) announced charges Wednesday against three North Korean individuals for allegedly stealing $1.3 billion in cash and cryptocurrency from U.S. groups and conducting a series of cyberattacks, including the 2014 Sony Pictures hack. 

The indictment charges three North Korean nationals — Jon Chang Hyok, Kim Il and Park Jin Hyok — as engaging in cyberattacks against the U.S. as part of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, North Korea’s military intelligence agency. 

The group, also known as “Lazarus,” was sanctioned by the Treasury Department in 2019 for targeting U.S. critical infrastructure. Park was previously charged by the DOJ for involvement in the Sony hack in 2018. 

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers announced the charges during a press call on Wednesday, noting that pushing back against malicious North Korean activity “requires global awareness, condemnation, and cooperative disruption.”

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