The U.S. Justice Department is set to announce charges against North Korean hackers Thursday accused of carrying out the 2014 hack of Sony as well as last year’s WannaCry ransomware attack.
According to The Washington Post, Pak Jin Hyok, who works on behalf of North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau, will be charged for involvement in the attack on Sony.
“He is linked to the notorious Lazarus Group, which has also been implicated in the audacious attempt to use cyber techniques to steal $1 billion from the Bangladesh Bank in 2016, and to the WannaCry computer virus that affected more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries last year,” the Post says.
The U.S. Treasury Department is also believed to be preparing new sanctions against North Koreans linked to the cyberattacks.
The hack of Sony, which resulted in private company emails being released, was allegedly related to the Hollywood picutre “The Interview,” a film that satirized and showed the execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The WannaCry attack was speculated to be an attempt to gather money for the sanctions-stricken North Korean government.
The news comes as the relationship between the D.C. and Pyongyang remains uncertain following U.S. President Donald Trump’s summit with Kim in Singapore earlier this year.
Trump, however, thanked Kim in a tweet early Thursday after the North Korean leader reportedly told a South Korean delegation that he had “unwavering faith in President Trump.”
“Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims ‘unwavering faith in President Trump.’ Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!” the president said.
Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims “unwavering faith in President Trump.” Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2018