According to Reuters, the report published on January 13 said that “from 2020 to 2021, the number of attacks related to North Korean hackers has increased from four to seven, and the value of property obtained has increased by 40 %”.
A panel of experts from the United Nations, which monitors sanctions against North Korea, accused the country of using stolen funds to support its nuclear and ballistic missile programs to evade sanctions. punish. North Korea did not respond to media questions, but previously released a statement denying the allegations of cyberattacks.
North Korean hackers are accused of launching at least 7 attacks on crypto platforms in 2021
Last year, the United States charged three North Korean computer programmers, who work for the country’s intelligence agency, of being involved in a massive, years-long attack to steal more than $1.3 billion. fiat money and cryptocurrencies, affecting many companies, from banks to Hollywood studios.
Chainalysis did not identify all the targets of the attacks, but said the victims were mainly investment firms and centralized exchanges. The attacker used phishing, code mining, malware and advanced social networking techniques to withdraw funds from internet-connected “hot” wallets to addresses controlled by North Korean hackers. control.
Many of the attacks in the last year were likely carried out by the Lazarus Group, an attack group once sanctioned by the US. The group is also accused of being involved in the “WannaCry” ransomware attack that targeted international banks and customer accounts, in addition to the 2014 cyberattack on Sony Pictures. Entertainment.
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