"We have unsealed criminal charges against a North Korean computer programmer for participating in a conspiracy that conducted sophisticated cyberattacks around the world on behalf of the North Korea government".
"The Conspiracy attempted to and did gain access to several other banks in various countries from 2015 through 2018 using similar methods and watering hole attacks, attempting the theft of at least Dollars 1 billion through such operations", the complaint said.
The U.S. Treasury Department is also reportedly ready to issue new sanctions against the perpetrators of the attack, though it's not immediately clear how many people will be targeted.
"The criminal conduct outlined in this case is intolerable", said Tracy Wilkison, the first assistant US attorney in Los Angeles.
"The scale and scope of the cyber-crimes alleged by the complaint is staggering and offensive to all who respect the rule of law and the cyber norms accepted by responsible nations", said John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security. "And it created indiscriminate malware that paralyzed computers and disrupted the delivery of medical care". The investigation is continuing.
He and other members of the hacking group, sometimes referred to as the Lazarus Group, allegedly sent spear-phishing messages to their victims, often impersonating potential job applicants, and posted links to malware on Facebook and Twitter. "Linking the DPRK to the Sony hacking is another fabrication targeting the country", said the unidentified diplomat.
A North Korea-registered website bearing that company's name described Chosun Expo as the country's "first internet company", saying it was established in 2002 and employed 20 young graduates from institutions including Kim Il Sung University, Kimcheon Industrial University and Pyongyang Art University.
A 2015 version of the Chosun Expo website said it focused on gaming, gambling, e-payments and image recognition software.
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Experts at the time were sceptical about North Korean involvement in the leaks, but a Bloomberg report suggested a Sony internal report linked the attack to a group associated with Pyongyang known as DarkSeoul, which wiped out the computers of South Korean banks and broadcasters in March 2013.
The Justice Department in recent years has charged hackers from China, Iran and Russian Federation in hopes of publicly shaming other countries for sponsoring cyberattacks on United States corporations.
Park is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In 2016, hackers breached the Bangladesh Bank's servers and made off with $81 million.
It's unlikely he will be extradited because the USA has no formal relations with North Korea.
Last December the North Korean government called allegations that it was behind the ransomware "absurd" and a "grave political provocation".
President Trump, for his part, has been on cosy terms with the North Korean dictator ever since their joint photo-op at a historic summit in June of this year.
Hours before the anticipated announcement Thursday, Mr. Trump thanked Kim Jong Un for offering glowing words about Mr. Trump.