U.S. Preparing Cases Linking North Korea to Theft at N.Y. Fed

Federal prosecutors are building cases that would accuse North Korea of directing one of the biggest bank robberies of modern times, the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last year

.. “The whole security community has said that the attack tools and techniques used in Sony are the same ones used in Bangladesh,” said Eric Chien, an engineer with security vendor Symantec Corp.

.. “If that linkage is true, that means a nation-state is robbing banks. That is a big deal; it’s different,”

.. There remains a minority view among some federal officials that the evidence doesn’t prove beyond a doubt that North Korea was behind the Bangladesh theft, according to people familiar with the discussions. Some officials believe the hackers who carried out the Bangladesh heist may have appropriated, tweaked or repurposed the malicious code that the U.S. government made public after the Sony hack—which wouldn’t necessarily indicate they are linked to North Korea