Brown Rudnick partner Guillermo Christensen, chair of the firm's Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice and former CIA intelligence officer, was quoted by Law360 in an article about the U.S. Department of Justice's prosecution of a North Korean hacker, Park Jin Hyok, for his involvement in the 2014 hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment and release of the WannaCry virus in 2017, along with other cyber crimes.

Commenting on the 179-page criminal complaint that was released by the Justice Department on Thursday, Guillermo noted that the prosecution may be intended to place pressure on the Chinese government.  "Given the level of frustration that exists in the U.S. government with the lack of Chinese cooperation on containing North Korea, it would certainly be very much consistent," Christensen said.

The unusual prosecution of a foreign agent for cyber espionage may also serve to "demonstrate to the private sector that these attacks are sophisticated to the point that hackers are persistent and trying to come in through many different ways, and that companies need to take this seriously," commented Christensen. "The more companies are seeing that these attacks are happening to someone just like them, the more they're likely to take them seriously."

The full article may be read on Law360 here.


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