America charges three North Koreans engaged in worldwide and damaging hacking
In a wide variety of global and disruptive hacks, including targeting banks and the movie studio, the United States Justice Department has accused three N Korean computer programmers.
The newly unsealed charges result in a previous court case brought in 2018 and involve two more North-Korean suspects.
Prosecutors claim all three programmers to belong to the North Korean government's military intelligence service.
The organization is accused by a global cartel called Recognitions General Bureau, which extorted more than US$1.3 billion of money and banks' cryptocurrencies, has sparked a sweeping ransomware operation, and has threatened the North Korean government against a Hollywood movie in 2014.
'As reported in today's indictment, North Korean operations are the world's leading banking robbers, by using keyboards, rather than weapons, stealing digital cryptocurrency wallets,' said Assistant Prosecutor General John Demers, the Top National Security Officer of the Department of Justice.