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US Sanctions 3 North Korean State-Sponsored Hacking Groups

US Sanctions 3 North Korean State-Sponsored Hacking Groups

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  15 Sep 2019 6:45 PM GMT

by North Korean

Washington: The US has sanctioned three entities it accused of perpetrating cyber attacks on behalf of the North Korean government to support Pyongyang’s “illicit weapon and missile programmes”.

The new measures target the Lazarus Group, Bluenoroff, and Andariel, all of which are controlled by the Reconnaissance General Bureau, North Korea’s primary intelligence bureau, Yonhap news agency reported. The Lazarus Group’s activities were widely reported after it was blamed for the 2014 cyber attack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack on countries including the US and Britain.

Bluenoroff and Andariel are sub-groups of the Lazarus Group, according to the US Department of the Treasury. “Treasury is taking action against North Korean hacking groups that have been perpetrating cyber attacks to support illicit weapon and missile programs,” Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said in a statement on Friday. “We will continue to enforce existing U.S. and UN sanctions against North Korea and work with the international community to improve cybersecurity of financial networks,” she said. The sanctions freeze all of the entities’ property and interests in the US, as well as those of other entities that are owned 50 per cent or more by the three groups. (IANS)

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