US Treasury sanctions three North Korean hacking groups

The US Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions today on three North Korean state-controlled hacking groups, which US authorities claim to have helped the Pyongyang regime raise funds for its weapons and missile programs.

US officials cited three hacking groups whose names are well known to cyber-security experts — namely the Lazarus Group, Bluenoroff, and Andarial.

Treasury officials said the three groups operate under the control and on orders from the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB), North Korea’s primary intelligence bureau.

The three hacking groups used ransomware and attacks on banks, ATM networks, gambling sites, online casinos, and cryptocurrency exchanges to steal funds from legitimate businesses.

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Source: ZDNet