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North Korea's history of bold cyber attacks

Many of the massive cyberattacks that have spread across the world in recent years were traced back or attributed to North Korea. Here are eleven examples.
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Topic: Security
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North Korea’s growing criminal cyberthreat

North Korean hackers, backed by the state, are believed to be responsible for an array of bold attacks made in the name of money, or the reputation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea regime. Some of these include, but are not limited to...

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Sony, 2014

The FBI blamed North Korea for a brutal cyberattack on Sony which compromised the tech company's networks and led to the leak of terabytes of information online. It is believed the attack was launched in response to Sony's planned release of, The Interview, a film which tells the satirical story of journalists recruited to assassinate Kim Jong Un.

See also: Thousands could launch Sony-style cyberattack, says ex-hacker (CNET)

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The Central Bank of Bangladesh, 2016

The notorious bank heist that targeted the Central Bank of Bangladesh's Federal Reserve account lead to the theft of $81 million, and was connected to the Sony breach -- and therefore North Korea -- through the malware utilized in the compromise of the SWIFT bank communications system.

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WannaCry, 2017

The release of NSA tools -- including EternalBlue by the Shadow Brokers hacking group -- ultimately led to the global WannaCry ransomware attack, which debilitated companies worldwide without prejudice. It is believed that North Korea threat actors implemented the exploit in distributing the ransomware.

See also: WannaCry: The smart person's guide

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Cryptocurrency exchanges, South Korea

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