When Lazarus, the notorious North Korean hacker group, needs help, it knows where to turn. Whether it wants to find a place to station hackers, hire money launderers to funnel stolen money from cyber attacks, or even link up to the internet within North Korea, the cybercriminal group looks to its trusty accomplice: China. Lazarus is not alone.
China has emerged in recent decades as a critical enabler of North Korea’s cyber operations, which include hacks of Japan’s Sony Entertainment in 2014 and the Bangladesh central bank in 2016, as well as the WannaCry 2.0 attack, which crippled global computer systems in 2017.
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