US Accuses North Korea of Plot to Hurt Economy as Spy Is Charged in Sony Hack

Vast amounts of stolen Sony files were publicly revealed — emails, contracts, salary lists, film budgets, medical records, digital copies of five movies. Amy Pascal, then the studio’s top film executive, lost her job.

A month later, the F.B.I. pinned the crime on North Korea and the White House soon imposed sanctions on the country.

The crime underscored how vulnerable the United States had become to cybercriminals and how malicious actors far away could cripple American corporations. Hackers from China, Russia and elsewhere would soon infiltrate other high-profile targets including the Office of Personnel Management, the White House email system and the I.R.S.

Mr. Park and the other North Korean hackers would go on to engage in cyberattacks around the globe.

From 2015 through 2018, they attacked banks to amass funds for North Korea, according to the complaint. They infiltrated Bangladesh Bank in 2016 by sending malware-ridden emails to employees, a practice known as phishing, and eventually gained access to computers connected to the global banking communication system.

They directed the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to transfer money from Bangladesh Bank to accounts in other Asian countries, stealing $81 million. Only because an alert official at the reserve

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/06/us/politics/north-korea-sony-hack-wannacry-indictment.html

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