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The charges, part of a strategy by the U.S. government to deter future cyberattacks by naming and shaming the alleged perpetrators, will also allege that the North Korean hacker broke into the central bank of Bangladesh in 2016, according to the official.

The Treasury Department also added Park Jin Hyok's name to their sanction list, which prohibits banks that do business in the USA from providing accounts to him or Chosun Expo.

The North Koreans undertook the Sony hack, USA officials say, in retaliation for the Sony comedy film "The Interview", about a scheme to assassinate the North Korean leader. Sony cancelled the theatrical release of the film amid threats to moviegoers but released it online through YouTube and other sites.

The individual, identified by the Post as Pak Jin Hyok, participated in the Sony Pictures attack under orders from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's clandestine military intelligence agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, the indictment alleges.

Pak Jin Hyok, who conducted hacking on behalf of North Korea's Reconnaissance General Bureau, the military intelligence agency that controls most of the country's cyber capabilities, is charged in the attack on Sony, according to US officials.

Among the emails released in the hack was an exchange in which Amy Pascal, then co-chairman of the studio, and "The Social Network" producer Scott Rudin joked about what might be then-President Barack Obama's favorite movies, listing "12 Years a Slave" and films by black comedian Kevin Hart.

Britain's National Cyber Crime Unit said it had obtained critical evidence which was able to link the NHS attack to others already being investigated in the US. The investigation is continuing.




Activity from Park's real-name Chosun Expo account and numerous accounts tied to Lazarus Group activity originated from the same Internet addresses in North Korea.

The hacking collective is also blamed for the hack on Sony Pictures in 2014.

Officials say Park at times traveled to neighboring China and conducted work under a front company called Chosun Expo.

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.

In unrelated cases, the USA has previously charged hackers from Iran as well as hackers in the Chinese military.

In 2014, the Obama administration charged five Chinese military hackers with several digital break-ins at United States companies, and a year ago, the Justice Department charged Russian hackers with an intrusion at Yahoo Inc.

The computer fraud charge carries a maximum of five years in prison, while the wire fraud would mean up to 20 years. Trump even sent out a tweet this morning thanking Kim for saying nice things about him.


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