Langevin Statement on North Korean Hacking Sanctions

Sep 13, 2019 Issues: Cybersecurity

WARWICK, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus and a senior member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, issued the following statement regarding the sanctioning of three North Korean hacking groups:

“The WannaCry ransomware and the intrusions into nodes in the SWIFT interbank transfer system were both major incidents that targeted civilian critical infrastructure. Attribution of these incidents is quite clear and points directly to the Kim regime. Responsible nations do not engage in this kind of destabilizing behavior, and we must take action to hold irresponsible states accountable. Malicious cyber actors around the world need to know that they cannot act with impunity and that the United States will use all instruments of national power to counter their activity. These sanctions come on the heels of technical disclosures by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and USCYBERCOM intended to disrupt ongoing North Korean hacking campaigns. I congratulate Secretary Mnuchin for his commitment to working with the intelligence community and our cyber protectors at CISA and CYBERCOM to continue to apply pressure to North Korea’s hacking groups.”