Federal prosecutors are waiting for the US to accuse North Korea in the leadership of the operation for stealing $81 million from the account of the Central Bank of Bangladesh at the Federal reserve Bank of new York (FRB) in February 2016. According to The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the situation.
According to them, the charges, if filed, will be filed against alleged Chinese intermediaries, which, in the opinion of the Prosecutor’s office, helped North Korea in stealing the funds. US authorities are considering the imposition of sanctions against these people.
A source close to the process said that the authorities will not be able to bring charges directly to North Korean officials, however, the DPRK may be a defendant in this case.
The North Korean mission to the UN and the Chinese Embassy in Washington has not commented on the publication of this information.
According to some private investigators, a withdrawal of $81 million from the account of the Central Bank of Bangladesh can be related to the hacking attack on servers of Sony Pictures Entertainment that occurred in 2014. Then the criminals gained access to personal data to employees of the company, the contents of their internal e-mail, information about their paycheck and other information. According to investigators, in both cases, the attackers could use the same code to crack.
Some interlocutors of WSJ emphasize that the evidence for the prosecution of the DPRK at the head of the operation is not enough. Hackers could use this code after it unveiled the us authorities.