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Hacking:North Korean computer programmers charged in global hacks

Hacking:North Korean computer programmers charged in global hacks
19.02.2021 18:57

The United States has charged three North Korean computer programmers over a massive hacking spree aimed at stealing more than $US1.3 billion ($1.7 billion) in money and cryptocurrency, affecting companies from banks to Hollywood movie studios.

The newly unsealed indictment builds off an earlier criminal case brought in 2018 and adds two additional North Korean defendants. Prosecutors identified all three as members of a North Korean military intelligence agency, accusing them of carrying out hacks at the behest of the government with a goal of using stolen funds for the benefit of the regime.

FBI assistant director, Kristi Johnson, told reporters that the three alleged hackers were believed to be in North Korea.

Officials alleged they had been stationed at times in various other countries, including China and Russia.

To empty the cryptocurrency accounts of victims, the cyber thieves seeded malware posing as cryptocurrency-trading software on legitimate-seeming websites to trick victims, according to an alert published by the FBI and other US agencies.