South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) confirmed that North Korea’s cryptocurrency hackers stole around $700 million in crypto last year.
North Korea has been notorious for being involved in some of the largest cryptocurrency crimes to fund its illicit ambitions.
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According to Yonhap News, a senior NIS officer confirmed that North Korea stole around $700 million worth of cryptocurrency in 2022 on two occasions. He said:
“North Korea stole a total of US$700 million worth of cryptocurrency last year, equivalent to the money that would enable the country to fire 30 intercontinental ballistic missiles”
Furthermore, the NIS officer believes that the amount stolen by hackers contributes 30% to North Korea’s foreign currency income.
In June, BeInCrypto reported that the United Nations estimated that North Korean hackers stole around $630 million to over a billion worth of cryptocurrency in 2022. Lazarus Group, one of the state-funded hackers’ organizations, is linked with the infamous $620 million Axie Infinity’s Ronin network hack.
Not just in South Korea, but agencies worldwide are trying to fight North Korean hackers. In April, the US Treasury Department issued sanctions against three individuals who allegedly supported the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) through illicit financing and malicious cyber activity.
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