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DOJ charges 3 North Korean hackers in $1.3B worth of schemes

FILE - In this June 16, 2017, file photo, North Korean men and women use computer terminals at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korean hackers attempted to steal information about coronavirus vaccines and treatments, South Korea's intelligence service said Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, but it denied a lawmaker's claim that vaccine maker Pfizer Inc. was targeted. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

FILE - In this June 16, 2017, file photo, North Korean men and women use computer terminals at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korean hackers attempted to steal information about coronavirus vaccines and treatments, South Korea's intelligence service said Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, but it denied a lawmaker's claim that vaccine maker Pfizer Inc. was targeted. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

FILE – In this June 16, 2017, file photo, North Korean men and women use computer terminals at the Sci-Tech Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korean hackers attempted to steal information about coronavirus vaccines and treatments, South Korea’s intelligence service said Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, but it denied a lawmaker’s claim that vaccine maker Pfizer Inc. was targeted. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

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UPDATED 8:22 AM PT – Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Justice Department has charged three North Korean hackers who are accused of stealing $1.3 billion from U.S. groups. On Wednesday, the department said members of North Korea’s military intelligence agency, which is called the Reconnaissance General Bureau, are facing charges of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, wire fraud and bank fraud.

This builds on a 2018 case in which one of the men was indicted for allegedly taking part in a number of cyber attacks, including the infamous hack against Sony Pictures. Prosecutors have said the Reconnaissance General Gureau is simply a criminal organization using the guise of being connected to a government.

“The DPRK’s malicious activities are a global problem requiring global awareness, condemnation and cooperative disruption,” stated John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security. “With this indictment and related disruptions, the United States continues to do its part.”

The Justice Department has estimated North Korean hackers have targeted groups in more than two dozen countries over the past year.

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