US charges North Korean man in Sony hack and WannaCry ransomware attack

The Justice Department has charged an alleged North Korean operative with involvement in the infamous hack of Sony Pictures in 2014, as well as last year’s devastating WannaCry ransomware attack.

The United States had faulted the country for the Sony hack as far back as late 2014. The cyber-operation was believed to be taken in response to The Interview, a Seth Rogen and James Franco movie depicting the assassination of Kim Jong-un. The subsequent leak of emails at the company resulted in severe embarrassment for Sony, and set the stage for similar attacks in recent years, but a charge against a specific person didn’t happen until June, when the previously sealed complaint was filed.

According to prosecutors,…

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