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U.S. Sanctions North Korean Group Behind WannaCry, Sony Hacks

September 16, 2019

The U.S. has slapped sanctions on three well-known North Korean state-sponsored hacker groups – including the group that was tied to the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attacks and the 2014 cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The three that were sanctioned are the infamous Lazarus Group, as well as two Lazarus sub-groups called Bluenoroff and Andariel. All three are owned by the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB), North Korea’s primary intelligence bureau. The U.S. Department of Treasury on Friday said that the sanctions freeze any U.S. related financials assets with the groups and bar any U.S. dealings with them.

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