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US Department of Justice Charges Two Chinese Nationals with Laundering $100 Million in Cryptocurrency from South Korean Crypto Exchange Hack

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has charged two Chinese nationals with laundering more than $100 million in cryptocurrency as part of an exchange hack orchestrated by North Korean perpetrators, according to a release. The laundering allegedly took place between December 2017 and April 2019…. Read More

Cryptocurrency Programmer Accused of Aiding North Korea Released on $1 Million Bail

Virgil Griffith, an Ethereum programmer accused of advising North Korea on how to using cryptocurrencies to evade sanctions, has been released on $1 million bail in New York. The case is being covered in-person by the Inner City Press: “Upshot: for Virgil Griffith, SDNY Judge Broderick… Read More

Cryptocurrency Developer Accused of Aiding North Korea Denied Bail in New York

An Ethereum developer accused of providing “highly technical information” to North Korean officials on how to use cryptocurrencies to avoid U.S. sanctions has been denied bail in New York, Inner City Press reports. Virgil Griffith, 36, is accused of knowingly violating US sanctions against the… Read More

Ethereum Programmer Arrested for Advising North Korea on Cryptocurrency and Sanctions Evasion

An Ethereum programmer who allegedly traveled to North Korea to deliver a presentation and technical advice on using cryptocurrencies to evade sanctions was arrested on Thursday at the Los Angeles airport. Ethereum is the second-largest cryptocurrency network after Bitcoin. Like Bitcoin, Ethereum is maintained and… Read More

Report: North Korea Used Hong Kong Blockchain Platform for Money Laundering

The UN Security Council’s Sanctions Committee on North Korea has identified a Hong Kong business using a “blockchain platform” to launder money on behalf of the Pyongyang regime, Chosunilbo reports. The business, Marine China, reportedly, “set up a shipping and logistics firm run on a blockchain… Read More

North Korea Using Crypto Scams and Hacks to Fund Its Nuclear Program

North Korea has added to its standard program of hacking banks in the developing world by launching computer-borne attacks against cryptocurrency exchanges, Wired reports. To further complicate matters, at least part of the billions of dollars so far garnered in these hacks is being used… Read More

North Korean Dissident Group Raising Money on Ethereum

A group dedicated to the liberation of North Korea, Cheollima Civil Defence, is raising funds through the sale of 200 000 symbolic “visas” that promise holders they will be among the among the first to visit “Free Joseon upon liberation.” The group’s “Post-Liberation Blockchain G-VISAs”… Read More

North Korea Hacked $670 Million from Crypto Exchanges

Expert panelists have informed the UN Security Council’s North Korea Sanctions Committee that the tiny country has been hacking global cryptocurrency trading platforms to obtain capital, Nikkei Asian Review reports. This is the first time the panel has addressed the UN Security Council regarding cyberattacks… Read More

Records of 15 000 Heart Patients Compromised in Crypto Ransom Attack

In January, a private heart clinic located in a Melbourne’s Cabrini hospital had 15 000 patients’ medical records locked in a ransomware attack that emanated from Russia or North Korea, 9News reports. A cryptocurrency ransom to unlock the data was subsequently demanded. The records were… Read More

Ryuk Ransomware Attack on Major US Newspapers Came from Russia, Not North Korea, Researchers Say

Researchers at Crowdstrike, FireEye, Kryptos Logic, and McAfee are all reporting that ransomware known as Ryuk is, in fact, being proliferated by professional hack groups in Russia, and not by North Koreans, ZDNet reports. According to the outlet: “The era of individual ransomware operations appears to be ending, with fewer… Read More

E-Cash Laws Do Not Apply: Korean Courts Find Bithumb Crypto Exchange Not Responsible for Customer Funds Lost in Hack

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The importance of storing one’s cryptocurrency safely was highlighted in South Korea this week when a court there decided that Korean crypto exchange Bithumb is not liable for customer funds hacked from an account there, Han Kyung reports. According to the outlet, an investor with… Read More

North Korean Hackers Now Targeting Individuals’ Crypto Holdings

“One of the most formidable hacking armies in the world,” is now believed to be targeting the crypto holdings of individuals, particularly wealthy ones, The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports. North Korean hackers have been identified by Group IB and others as the likely culprits behind… Read More

Researchers Link North Korea to Two Fraudulent ICOs

An increasingly “techno-savvy” ruling elite in North Korea is using a “full range” of computerized devices and tactics, including the issuing of fraudulent ICOs (initial coin offerings), to evade global sanctions and, “…generate revenue for the Kim regime,” Insikt Group reports. Insikt’s cybersecurity researchers have… Read More

Group-IP Says $882 Million Pilfered from Crypto Exchanges, North Korean Hackers Take Gold Medal in Crypto Theft

Group-IB, a company that provides computer forensics and cybersecurity services large international companies, published a report last week the put a number to the frequent cryptocurrency exchange hacks that seem to happen on a weekly basis.  According to Group-IB, attacks during 2017 and through Q3… Read More

Two Finance Crime Experts Say North Korea Probably Using Crypto to Skirt US Sanctions

Lourdes Miranda, an independent financial intelligence analyst/financial crimes investigator, and Ross Delston, a lawyer specialized in anti-money laundering, have told the Asia Times that they believe North Korea (DPRK) is probably using cryptocurrency channels to skirt US sanctions. “International criminals everywhere prefer crypto-currencies and the… Read More

North Korea to Host October Blockchain Conference

North Korea, a country more known for its ties to devastating hacks on South Korean crypto exchange than for white hat blockchain development, will evidently host a blockchain conference in Pyongyang this October, The Straits Times reports. The “Korean International Blockchain Conference” is set to take… Read More

Crypto Exchange Targeted by Possible North Korean Hack Group

Internet security firm Kaspersky Lab has claimed that hackers with possible ties to North Korea have struck against an unnamed crypto exchange using malware targeting macOS. Kaspersky lab attributes the latest hack to the Lazarus hack group. According to Wikipedia, the Lazarus Group earned its… Read More

Letter from Senators Rubio & Menendez Raise Concern About Cryptocurrencies & International Scofflaws

Several days ago, Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Robert Menendez published a letter directed to the US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin demanding to know what the US government was doing to foil attempts by rogue nations in leveraging cryptocurrencies to skirt imposed sanctions…. Read More

South Korea Cautions Consumers on Cryptocurrencies instead of Ban, Meanwhile Report Says Largest Exchange Bithumb Has Been Hacked

South Korea has decided not to ban cryptocurrencies after all, instead the Korean government has decided to caution consumers on purchasing or trading in cryptocurrencies while regulators attempt to better manage the emerging market.  Previously, it was expected that Korean government officials were going to… Read More

Creators of Kim Jong Un-Themed Video Game Shut Down Kickstarter Campaign Due to Threats & Cyber Attack

Just when everything had apparently calmed down after the Sony cyber attacks that temporarily cancelled the release of the new film The Interview (which had a death scene that involved Kim Jong Un), it seems hackers have found a new target, and it’s a new video game that… Read More

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