In 2014, Sony Pictures had their system hacked, resulting in the leaking of tons of sensitive information, including thousands of emails.
For the past 4 years, the hacking has been under investigation.
This week, North Korean Park Jin Hyok was charged for hacking Sony Pictures.
Chosun Expo Joint Venture, also known as Korea Expo Joint Venture, which Park is associated with, has been described as a front company for the North Korean government.
Park is a computer programmer, thought to be part of Lab 110, the North Korean state sponsored hacking group.
(Fox News) – A North Korean computer programmer tied to the country’s “malign cyber activities” has been charged Thursday by the Justice Department for the 2014 hack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that resulted in the disclosure of tens of thousands of leaked emails and other materials.
The accusations against Park Jin Hyok come as the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned him and the Chosun Expo Joint Venture, described by the Justice Department as a “DPRK Government Front Company.”
“We will not allow North Korea to undermine global cybersecurity to advance its interests and generate illicit revenues in violation of our sanctions,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “The United States is committed to holding the regime accountable for its cyber-attacks and other crimes and destabilizing activities.”
The Treasury Department said Hyok — who is around 34 years old and went by a variety of aliases, including Andoson David and Watson Henny – “engaged in significant activities undermining cybersecurity through the use of computer networks or systems against targets outside of North Korea on behalf of the Government of North Korea or the Workers’ Party of Korea…
Many conservatives are wanting to know how the criminal charges against Park, North Korean state sponsored hacked, will have on the relationship and negotiations between president Donald Trump and dictator Kim Jong-un.
While everyone is wondering how Trump is going to handle this revelation, they forget that the hack occurred under Barack Obama’s oversight.
Gee, wasn’t the hack of the DNC, Hillary Clinton’s private email server and the data mining of Facebook by the Obama administration, occurred during the time of Obama’s reign of incompetency.
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