In November 2014, Sony Pictures fell victim to a massive cyber-attack. This attack was in retaliation to the release of the film The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco – a comedy about a plot to assassinate the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.
In February 2016, the central bank of Bangladesh suffered a similar attack. The meticulously planned cyber-heist spanned multiple countries, making use of different time zones, and leveraging public holidays and loopholes in country specific laws. The FBI believed that a North Korean, state sponsored, hacking organisation called The Lazarus Group was responsible for both cyber-attacks. But what can be done to stop them from doing it again?
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Explained: The story of how North Korea hackers stole $81 million from Bangladesh Bank
Created & Produced by Sonya Lowe
Narrated by Noel Vinson
Researched & Written by Bob Stone
Music: “Nordic Medieval” by Marcus Bressler
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