It will be the first time the USA has brought computer hacking charges against a Pyongyang operative, the Washington Post reports.
The FBI said at the time it had recovered evidence connecting North Korea to the attack and others in South Korea.
The U.S. government has previously said that North Korea was responsible for the 2014 Sony hack.
"This was one of the most complex and longest cyberinvestigations the department has taken", said John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security.
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Pak Jin Hyok, who conducted hacking on behalf of North Korea's Reconnaissance General Bureau, the military intelligence agency that controls most of the country's cyber capabilities, is charged in the attack on Sony, according to USA officials.
Among the emails released in the hack was an exchange between Amy Pascal, then co-chairman of the studio, and "The Social Network" producer Scott Rudin where they joked about what might be then-President Barack Obama's favourite movies, listing "12 Years a Slave" and films by black comedian Kevin Hart.
The Trump administration did impose other punitive measures on Park and his employer on Thursday: the Treasury Department says it has sanctioned him and Korea Expo Joint Venture.
The indictment said that Park was on a team of programmers employed an organization called Chosun Expo that operated out of Dalian, China, and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation described as "a government front company".
A North Korean man has been identified as part of a group that hacked the NHS, as well as allegedly being responsible for hacks on Sony Pictures and the theft of $81m (£62m) from a bank.
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The attacks are alleged to have been carried out from North Korea, China and other countries.
They named one of the group - called the Lazarus Group by security companies fighting to combat its actions - and put his name, Park Jin Hyok, and face on an FBI Wanted poster, adding that he is now considered a fugitive from justice.
The criminal complaint, filed in Los Angeles, alleges that the hackers committed several attacks from 2014 until 2018. The malicious links carried North Korean-controlled malware. There has been no communication between the US and North Korean government about a possible extradition, the official said.
The DOJ has charged hackers in China, Iran and Russian Federation aiming to dissuade foreign powers from accommodating those who would attack USA corporations.
Officials insist that the timing of the unsealing of the criminal complaint has nothing to do with the June summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump, or with the push to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
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