‘The World's Leading Bank Robbers’: U.S. Indicts North Koreans over Billion-Dollar Hacks

‘The World's Leading Bank Robbers’: U.S. Indicts North Koreans over Billion-Dollar Hacks


The U.S. Department of Justice unsealed an indictment on Wednesday against three North Korean citizens on charges of attempting to steal over a billion dollars through cybercrime, as well as one Canadian-American citizen accused of helping them launder the money.

North Korea’s global commerce is severely limited by global sanctions imposed by the United Nations in 2017 in response to its latest illegal nuclear weapons test. In 2020, the communist regime’s ability to fund itself faced even bigger challenges in the face of lockdowns intended to limit the spread of the Chinese coronavirus. While dictator Kim Jong-un has repeatedly claimed North Korea has not documented a single case of Chinese coronavirus within its borders, he tightly sealed the country off from the world, cutting off pivotal trade with China along the Yalu River northern border.

The three North Korean citizens charged with a long list of cybercrimes are facing legal

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