Treasury Dept Issues Sanctions to North Korean Cyber Actors

Jeff Brody

The Department of the Treasury has issued sanctions against North Korean cyber terrorists who have targeted critical infrastructure. These state-sponsored hacking groups, known as Lazarus Group, Andariel and Bluenoroff, have been working with the Reconnaissance General Bureau, a North Korean intelligence agency, the department said Friday.

Treasury announced these sanctions in accordance to Executive Order 13722 that former President Obama issued to address North Korea's nuclear weapons activities.

“Treasury is taking action against North Korean hacking groups that have been perpetrating cyber attacks to support illicit weapon and missile programs,” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury's undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

Lazarus Group uses espionage, data theft, malware and other tactics to attack critical infrastructure as part of RGB's third bureau. Bluenoroff and Andariel are sub-groups that stemmed from Lazarus. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command have also attributed several uncovered malware samples to North Korea.

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