Three North Korean military hackers attempted to steal more than $1.3 billion in a number of complex heists to enrich the hermit regime, according to a newly unsealed Department of Justice indictment Tuesday.
The trio, who were described by justice officials as “the world’s leading bank robbers,” defrauded victims in dozens of countries, including in the United States, and were members of an elite North Korean military intelligence bureau, prosecutors said.
“The scope of these crimes by the North Korean hackers is staggering,” said Tracy Wilkinson, the acting US attorney in Los Angeles.
“They are the crimes of a nation state that has stopped at nothing to exact revenge and obtain money to prop up its regime,” she said.
The bombshell charge follows the news that North Korea allegedly tried to steal information about COVID-19 vaccines by hacking the drug maker Pfizer.
According to the new indictment, the hackers targeted bank systems around the world and sought to steal