U.S. to Charge North Korean Spy Over WannaCry and Sony Pictures Hack

[Sept 07, 2018]

The U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to announce criminal charges against a North Korean government spy in connection with the 2017 global WannaCry ransomware attack and the 2014 Sony Pictures Entertainment hack.

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.

The WannaCry virus wreaked havoc last year by crippling about 300,000 hospitals, corporations, government agencies and other organizations in 150 countries within just three days.

The U.S. authorities have previously blamed North Korea for the both the WannaCry and Sony Pictures attacks, but this is the first time they have publicly named a suspect in the crimes.

The U.S. Justice Department has not commented on the indictment yet.


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