Four U.S. federal agencies on Wednesday jointly issued an advisory that warns of ongoing North Korea-sponsored cyberthreat operations, and offers a reward of up to $5 million for information on such operations.
The communication, issued by the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Treasury Department and the FBI, details the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea's (DPRK) recent efforts to target the financial sector with malicious cyber activity. This includes cyber-enabled financial theft and money laundering, cryptojacking and extortion campaigns whereby threat actors disrupt a victim's systems and demand payment to restore proper functionality.
The advisory also reiterates past accusations that the DPRK is responsible for the Sony Pictures data breach, an $81 million cyber heist victimizing the central bank of Bangladesh and the worldwide spread of WannaCry 2.0 ransomware.
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