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“Vicious slander”—North Korea warns U.S. hacking charges threaten Trump’s peace talks

“Vicious slander”—North Korea warns U.S. hacking charges threaten Trump’s peace talks (Geopolitical, Terrorism)

North Korea lashed out at the U.S. government on Friday, branding the allegation that one of its citizens was linked to vast computer hacking campaigns as “vicious slander and another smear campaign full of falsehood and fabrication designed to undermine the DPRK.”On September 6, the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against Park Jin Hyok for alleged involvement in a slew of state-sponsored cybercrime operations, including the infiltration of Sony Pictures in 2014 and the spread of the WannaCry ransomware worm last year.According to a complaint, Park was a member of what some experts refer to as Lazarus Group, a hacking collective that works on behalf of the reclusive regime. Park’s charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years.But a statement from the North’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, pushed by the state media outlet Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), strongly criticized the allegations, warning it “may affect the implementation of the Joint Statement adopted at the DPRK-U.S. Summit.” That meeting, between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was focused on security and denuclearization.

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