United States Charge North Korean spy over NHS cyber attack!

United States 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.

The cyber attack launched in 2017 hit the British National health service hard making staff revert to pen and paper as the computer systems became compromised to such an extent staff were locked out of the system altogether.

The attack thought to be launched by a North Korean-backed cyber group has also been blamed for the hack on Sony Pictures in 2014.

The US Department of Justice alleged the North Korean-backed cyber group had caused major damage.

“The scale and scope of the cyber-crimes alleged by the complaint is staggering and offensive to all who respect the rule of law and the cyber norms accepted by responsible nations,” said the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, John Demers.

The complaint alleges that the North Korean government, through a state-sponsored group; robbed a central bank and citizens of other nations; retaliated against free speech in order to chill it half a world away; and created disruptive malware that indiscriminately affected victims in more than 150 other countries, causing hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars’ worth of damage.”

North Korea routinely denies being involved in hack attacks attributed to them. Mr Park is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse, and also wire fraud.

North Korea observer and journalist Martyn Williams said: “North Korea won’t be handing over this guy any time soon, So it likely won’t mean much on that level, but it is a symbolic step for the US government to take. It helps put meat on the bones of the numerous reports that said North Korea was responsible and is a relatively rare move for the US government.”

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