The US government has issued sanctions against a North Korea individual and an entity over historical cyberattacks, which wreaked hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
In a statement, the US Treasury named North Korean programmer Park Jin Jyok for working on behalf of Pyongyang for his involvement in carrying out several cyberattacks against US and global targets. The statement said Park was responsible for a hack on Sony Pictures in 2016, which US authorities had long blamed on North Korea, citing little evidence. It was believed, though never confirmed, that the attack was in retaliation for Sony’s production of “The Interview,” a movie in which North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was assassinated.
Park was also accused of carrying out the WannaCry ransomware outbreak in 2017, also blamed on North Korea, which encrypted the contents of tens of thousands of computers for ransom. The attack used stolen exploits developed by the National Security Agency to attack computers across the world, knocking hospitals and other businesses offline.
The government also said Park was sanctioned for his part in the transfer of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank in 2016.