(HorizonPost.com) – Three North Korean men have been charged with acts of cyber warfare against the United States and the United Kingdom, according to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI. They’re allegedly operatives for Kim Jong-un’s foreign intelligence service, the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB).
The FBI has specifically named Kim Il, Park Jin Hyok and Jon Chang Hyok as fugitives from justice, wanted for “conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud” as well as “conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse” because they’ve allegedly stolen or attempted to steal large balances of cash and cryptocurrency. One such attack was targeted against the Bangladesh Bank in 2016 when the spies made off with $81 million.
The second of three North Korean citizens charged in an indictment unsealed today is considered a fugitive from justice. Kim Il is allegedly a North Korean state-sponsored hacker responsible for some of the costliest computer intrusions in history #Wantedhttps://t.co/IuvuatHx5A
— FBI Los Angeles (@FBILosAngeles) February 17, 2021
Because cyberspace is their chosen platform for warfare, they can operate outside Western law enforcement’s reach by staying within their country’s borders. However, based on the indictments and their fugitive designations, they are subject to immediate arrest in the US or any allied nation, should they travel.
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