Treasury Department sanctions North Korean hackers over cyberattacks of ‘critical infrastructure’

President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, June 30, 2019.Kevin Lamarque | ReutersThe U.S. Treasury Department announced new sanctions Friday against three North Korean « malicious cyber groups. »Those hacking groups are « responsible for North Korea’s malicious cyber activity on critical infrastructure, » the Treasury said in a news release. »Treasury is taking action against North Korean hacking groups that have been perpetrating cyber attacks to support illicit weapon and missile programs, » said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, in the release. »We will continue to enforce existing U.S. and UN sanctions against North Korea and work with the international community to improve cybersecurity of financial networks, » Mandelker said.The three hacking groups — known as « Lazarus Group, » « Bluenoroff, » and « Andariel » — are controlled by North Korea through their relationship to a United Nations-designated intelligence bureau, the Treasury said.This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

Source: CNBC

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