N Korea claims NHS, Sony hack sus­pect ‘doesn’t ex­ist’

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North Korea has said that a man charged with hack­ing Sony Pic­tures in 2014 is a “non-ex­is­tent” in­di­vid­ual and warned the US that its ac­cu­sa­tion could have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

The US Jus­tice De­part­ment charged Park Jin-hyok on 6 Septem­ber with con­spir­ing in “mul­ti­ple de­struc­tive cy­ber-at­tacks around the world”, in­clud­ing the the 2014 at­tack on Sony Pic­tures. It alleged he cre­ated the ma­li­cious soft­ware used to crip­ple the UK’s Na­tional Health Ser­vice in 2017.

The US Trea­sury De­part­ment also added Mr Park to its list of sanc­tioned in­di­vid­u­als. He is al­legedly linked to Lab 110, one of the North Korean gov­ern­ment’s hack­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions, also known as the Lazarus Group.

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