WASHINGTON (AP) â Three North Korean hacking groups suspected of perpetrating cyberattacks around the world were placed on a U.S. sanctions list on Friday, drawing attention to the isolated nation’s illegal efforts to fund its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The Treasury Department said the so-called Lazarus Group, Bluenoroff and Andariel are controlled by the North Korean government. It said Lazarus Group was behind the devastating WannaCry ransomware, which froze 300,000 computers across 150 countries in 2017, and the destructive cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014. The U.S. government’s action makes it easier to seize any assets the hacking groups may have within the jurisdiction of American financial institutions, though they are likely to be limited if they exist at all. It may also have been intended to send a message and bring North Korea’s behavior into the light, said John Hultquist, director of intelligence analysis at cybersecurity firm FireEye. “(T)hat’s important because this isn’t about two governments, this is about North Korea and the private financial sectors of countries all around the world,” Hultquist said. “It’s important to put a flag on it and get this information out there, even if it will come to no avail.” U.N…. Read full this story
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