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Global banks are preparing to defend themselves against North Korea potentially intensifying a yearslong hacking spree by seeking to cripple financial networks as Pyongyang weighs the threat of U.S. military action over its nuclear program, cybersecurity experts said. North Korean hackers have stolen hundreds of millions of dollars from banks during the past three years, including a heist in 2016 at Bangladesh Bank that yielded $81 million, according to Dmitri Alperovitch, chief technology officer at cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike.Jim Lewis, a cyberexpert with Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies, said it is unlikely that North Korea would launch destructive attacks on American banks because of concerns about U.S. retaliation.
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