Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement:
“The Department of Justice’s indictment today of Park Jin Hyok, a North Korean hacker allegedly responsible for the Sony hacking and the WannaCry malware, is an important step in countering Pyongyang's state-sponsored use of cyberattacks and cybertheft, and a warning to others tempted to do the same. The United States must continue to name, shame and prosecute those who attack our country, and we have a duty to alert the American public to those behind the hacks and to impose real consequences on the perpetrators.
"North Korea, Russia, Iran, and other state actors who have seen cyberattacks as a low-risk and relatively cost-free tool must be made to understand that an attack on the United States by computer is still an attack and will be met by a proportional and forceful response. This episode, and the increasing prevalence of cyberattacks globally reinforces the need for international cyber norms and concerted efforts by the international community to deter and punish cyber-attacks.”