America to North Korea: We've spied your hacking spy

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The Justice Department is preparing to announce criminal charges in connection with the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014, a us government official familiar with the case said Thursday. It also accused him of taking part in an attack on Bangladesh's central bank in 2016.

"Because of the harmful nature of the attack on [Sony Pictures] in which vast amounts of data were overwritten and computers were rendered unrecoverable, a complete reconstruction of the subjects' activities during the period of the intrusion was not possible through a forensic analysis", the complaint said. The company released it online through YouTube and other sites. The investigation is ongoing, the official said, adding that the complaint involves activity through 2018. Sony canceled the theatrical release of the film amid threats to moviegoers. "The North Korean-backed conspiracy attempted to crush freedom of speech in the USA and the U.K. It robbed banks around the world". "In general, the hackers intend their victims to open the spear-phishing messages while using their employers' computer systems, thus breaching the employers' network security", said the complaint.

Park, who faces charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit computer related fraud, remains at large.

The charges were announced as President Trump and his administration negotiations with North Korea to end its nuclear program.

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.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Friday that these actions show the United States' stance that. talking with North Korea and keeping pressure on the regime must go hand in hand to achieve complete denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

Officials state in the complaint that Park was working for a front company named the Korean Expo Joint Venture, which worked on behalf of North Korean intelligence and was charged with generating revenue for the military branch.

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The Treasury Department announced sanctions against both Park and Chosun Expo in connection with the conspiracy.

Last December the North Korean government called allegations that it was behind the ransomware "absurd" and a "grave political provocation".

USA prosecutors have charged a North Korean man alleged to have been involved in creating the malicious software used to cripple the UK's National Health Service.

It's been a year and half since he launched a ransomware attack that hit hundreds of thousands of computers across the globe.

Investigators were able to track down the hackers by tracing their origin to a segment of some 1,024 internet protocol addresses assigned to North Korea.

The Sony hacking attack in 2014 was attributed at the time to a group calling itself "Guardians of Peace".

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