'World's leading bank robbers' charged in years-long hacking spree

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'World's leading bank robbers' charged in years-long hacking spree

If you can’t arrest them, you might as well publicly call them out. 

The Department of Justice unsealed a wide-ranging indictment Wednesday, detailing an effort by three North Korean state-affiliated hackers to steal more than $1.3 billion in money and cryptocurrency over the past few years. The schemes, as the DOJ lays out, included fake crypto apps riddled with backdoors that netted the attackers millions. 

Oh, and of course a fraudulent blockchain company played a role. 

The DOJ points its finger at three hackers: Jon Chang Hyok, 31; Kim Il, 27; and Park Jin Hyok, 36. It claims they worked for a military intelligence arm of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and that all three of them were involved in the 2014 Sony hack. In a press release detailing the indictment, Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers emphasized (albeit in a rather dramatic fashion) the scale of the alleged crime spree.  Read more…

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