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Researchers: Asian bank hacks may be linked to North Korea

FILE - In thus Dec. 16, 2014 file photo, North Koreans gather at the Mansu Hill where the statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung, and Kim Jong Il tower over them, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Cybersecurity researchers say it’s possible that North Korea is behind a recent hacking that resulted in the theft of millions of dollars from the Bangladesh central bank and the attempted thefts of millions more from other Asian banks. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
May 27, 2016 - 9:41 AM

NEW YORK - Cybersecurity researchers said North Korea might be connected to a recent attack that resulted in the theft of over $100 million from the Bangladeshi central bank and the attempted thefts of millions more from other Asian banks.

If the finding holds up, the attacks would amount to a new strategy for the rogue nation, whose state-sponsored efforts have been have long been motivated by politics, not finance.

Security researchers at Symantec says that the malware used to steal $101 million from the Bangladesh bank in February is similar to that used in the past by a group known as "Lazarus."

That group has been linked to a string of hackings dating back to 2009, including the 2014 Sony hack, which the FBI has blamed on the North Korean government .

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