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N Korea calls Sony, Wannacry hack charges smear campaign

AP  |  Pyongyang 

strongly denied claims by the that a working for the was involved in the hack of Entertainment and the spread of the WannaCry virus.

In a statement Friday, a said that the person named by US is a "non-entity," and warned that the allegations, which he called a smear campaign, could harm talks between the two countries following the summit between and North Korean leader

US federal prosecutors allege the programmer, identified as Park Jin Hyok, conspired to conduct a series of attacks that also stole USD 81 million from a in

The US believes he was working for a North Korean-sponsored hacking organisation.

"The act of cybercrimes mentioned by the Justice Department has nothing to do with us," Han Yong Song, a at the for American Studies, said in a statement carried by the Agency.

"The US should seriously ponder over the negative consequences of circulating falsehoods and inciting antagonism against the DPRK that may affect the implementation of the joint statement adopted at the DPRK-US summit," he said.

DPRK is short for North Korea's name the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

In the statement, the North flatly denied it had anything to do with the 2104 Sony incident and WannaCry virus, calling the US charges a "vicious slander and another smear campaign."

"The US is totally mistaken if it seeks to gain anything from us through preposterous falsehoods and high-handedness," the statement said.

The has previously said was responsible for the Sony hack, which led to the release of sensitive personal information about employees, including Social numbers, financial records, salary information, as well as embarrassing emails among top executives.

The FBI has also long suspected was behind WannaCry, which used malware to scramble data on hundreds of thousands of computers at hospitals, factories, government agencies, banks and other businesses across the globe.

Park is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit computer and wire fraud.

The complaint said Park was on a team of programmers employed by what it said is a government front company called Chosun Expo that operated out of Dalian,

The Treasury Department has added his name to their sanction list, prohibiting banks that do business in the US from providing accounts to him or Chosun Expo.

It is the first time the Justice Department has brought criminal charges against a hacker said to be from North Korea.

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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 10:05 IST