Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The Justice Department charged three North Korean hackers on Wednesday with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud for their alleged attempts to steal more than $1.3 billion from banks and businesses around the world. “North Korea’s operatives, using keyboards rather than masks and guns, are the world’s leading 21st-century nation-state bank robbers,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers.
The Albany Times-Union reports that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is being investigated by the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office for its alleged mishandling of COVID-19 nursing home deaths. Democratic New York Assemblyman Ron Kim told CNN yesterday that Cuomo called him last week and told him “he can destroy me.”
President Biden on Wednesday spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time since assuming office last month. According to a White House readout of the call, the two discussed Iran, normalized relations between Israel and Arab and Muslim countries, and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.