The U.S. has detained the three North Korean computer programmers with a massive hacking spree to plunder more than $1.3 billion in money and cryptocurrency, which had fraud for companies from banks to Hollywood movie studios.
The indictment alleges that while working at North Korea, military intelligence services, the three Jon Chang (31), Kim Il(27), and Park Jin(36) stole money. Park had previously charged in a complaint unsealed in the year 2018.
The FBI Assistant, Kristi Johnson, in charge of the Los Angeles Field Office, revealed a new briefing that all the three are in North Korea. The North Korean compelling mission to the U.N. in New York did not immediately respond to requests for the comment and did not directly find the trio’s contact details.
The justice department revealed that the hackers were responsible for a wide range of criminal activity and high-profile intrusions, fraud, including a retaliatory November 2014 attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment for producing “The Interview” while portrayed a North Korean leader’s assassination.
They targeted AMC Theaters staff and broke into their computers which belonged to the Mammoth Screen, a U.K. Film company working on North Korea drama services.
The value of money that the hackers stole is not exact; in some cases, the thefts were either halted or reversed. But the amount is significant. In one 2016 heist alone, at the Bangladesh Bank, the hackers are alleged to have made off with the $81 million. “According to one member state, the DPRK total theft of virtual assets, from 2019 to November 2020,” was approximately $316.4 million, the report said.