N Korea says hack suspect ‘does not exist’

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North korea has said that a man accused of hacking Sony Pictures in 2014 is “non-existent” and warned the united states that his accusation might have a negative effect on the relations between the two countries.

The u.s. Department of Justice accused of Park Jin-hyok on the 6th of September of conspiring in “multiple destructive cyber-attacks around the world,” including the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures. It was alleged that he created the malicious software used to paralyze the united kingdom, the National Health Service in 2017.

The US Treasury Department also added Mr Park to its list of sanctioned individuals.

He is allegedly linked to Laboratory 110, one of the government of North korea for the hacking of the organizations, also known as the Lazarus Group.

A comment from North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign affairs, published by the state news agency KCNA, called for the punishment of Mr Park as a vile slander, and the other smear campaign full of lies and fabrication meant to undermine the” North Korea.

A ‘non-existent entity’

The KCNA commentary said Mr Park “is a non-existent entity, and on the other hand, the cyber crimes law referred by the Department of Justice has nothing to do with us.”

It was said that the US was “misleading the public opinion… by the force to the linking of the non-existent “criminal” and its so-called cyber crimes with our organs of the state”, and called for the sanction of Korea Expo Joint Venture, thought to be a Laboratory of 110 in front of the organization, a “farce” that was “raised” by the u.s. Treasury.

It went on to say that the united states should “reflect seriously about the negative consequences of the circulation of falsehoods,” especially in the light of the North Korea-US joint statement after the Kim-the Triumph of the summit in June of this year, that it was the intention of building mutual trust between the two countries.

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The Ministry of Foreign affairs of North korea also criticized the united states’s own actions in the cyberspace, saying that Washington has a long history of questionable behavior when it comes to piracy, and espionage.
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“The united states is the main culprit responsible for representing threats to the security of cyberspace, and the world remembers vividly the fact that the united states has been criticized by bugging the cell phones of allied leaders and to launch, without hesitation, the cyber-attacks against its allies, let alone its enemies,” he said.

“Our State has made it its policy to oppose all kinds of cyber attacks and fully ensure the cyber security, and is taking all measures for its implementation”, the KCNA statement continued. Alleged acts

North korea remains the main suspect in a series of malicious acts, including the theft of $81m bank of Bangladesh, as well as in the attacks against South Korean virtual currency exchange.

It is believed that North Korea-linked hacking groups have been carrying out these activities as a means to obtain foreign currency for the nation, which has been hit by UN sanctions over its missile and nuclear programmes.

It is highly unlikely that Mr. Park will face justice in a court of the united states, with North Korea affairs expert Martyn Williams say to the BBC that the charges are purely symbolic measure, designed to “put the meat on the bones” of the accusations of North Korean cyber-crimes.

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Mixed messages

Anger toward the united States is, curiously, at the time, as it comes shortly after North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, according to reports, encouraging statements on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

According to South korea officials of the organization of next week’s summit meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea, Mr. Kim said he wanted the denuclearization and an end to hostile relations with the united States by the President, Trump, the mandate ends in the year 2021.
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However, the week delay in criticizing the united states for the accusations of piracy is not unusual for the city of Pyongyang, who recently completed a program of events to celebrate the country’s 70th anniversary.

Mixed messages like this are part and parcel of North korea, of diplomacy, where a furious outburst can be followed by a couple of days later by the conciliator reports with a different theme.

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