North Korean hackers stole $1.7 billion in cryptocurrency during 2022, most of it from decentralized finance platforms, Chainalysis finds. North Korean hackers are "systematic and sophisticated" in hacking and laundering stolen funds, and the nation supports cryptocurrency-enabled crime.
When the DOJ announced a "major, international cryptocurrency enforcement action," observers expected to see charges against a well-known firm. Instead, the agency charged a lesser-known figure, Anatoly Legkodymov, the Russian founder of Bitzlato, with facilitating $700 million in illegal activity.
North Korea's Lazarus Group was behind the $100 million theft from the Horizon blockchain bridge, the U.S. federal government confirmed. The FBI vowed "to expose and combat North Korea's use of illicit activities - including cybercrime and virtual currency theft - to generate revenue."
Spanish authorities arrested three senior executives of the now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange platform Bitzlato, Europol announced. The crime coordination agency says about 46% of the assets exchanged through Bitzlato, worth roughly 1 billion euros, were linked to criminal activities.
Cybersecurity researchers say a Chinese for-profit threat group tracked as 8220 Gang is targeting cloud providers and poorly secured applications with a custom-built crypto miner and IRC bot. The malware can slow system performance, drive up costs and expose systems to security risks.
Cryptocurrency wallet BitKeep says it will compensate victims of a December 2022 hack that cost the users $8 million. The wallet says it will pay victims in USDT stablecoin to counter asset fluctuation. This isn't the first time BitKeep has made customers whole following a hack.
An international sting operation on Tuesday shut down the operations of cryptocurrency exchange Bitzlato Ltd. as FBI agents hauled co-founder Anatoly Legkodymov into a Miami jail to face U.S. federal charges of conducting an unlicensed money-transmitting business.
U.S. regulators filed a civil lawsuit against accused Mango Markets manipulator Avraham Eisenberg, who already faces criminal prosecution for allegedly stealing $114 million. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission suit is the agency's first action against an oracle price manipulation strategy.
U.S. authorities in New York arrested a 24-year-old French national residing in the United Arab Emirates and charged him with defrauding buyers of Mutant Ape Planet NFTs, a type of digital asset, saying he defrauded investors out of more than $2.9 million.
Coinbase agreed to a $100 million settlement with the New York financial regulator on Wednesday over cybersecurity lapses and failure to comply with anti-money laundering guidelines that allowed criminals to use the platform for fraud, money laundering and other illicit activities.
The U.S. attorney in New York has established a task force to trace and recover funds missing from FTX and manage probes related to the firm's collapse. The team comprises prosecutors with expertise in securities and commodities fraud, money laundering and asset forfeiture and cybersecurity.
Former cryptocurrency billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried entered a "not guilty" plea in Manhattan federal district court Tuesday. He faces up to 115 years in prison if found guilty on all counts. Bankman-Fried has been out on $250 million bail in home detention with his parents in California.
The Bahamas Securities Commission seized digital assets worth $3.5 billion from local firm FTX Digital Markets. The regulator says the funds were at risk of "imminent dissipation" due to hack attacks and will temporarily remain under its exclusive control, stored in secure digital wallets.
Posing as leading banks, the North Korea-backed BlueNoroff group is evading Microsoft Windows' Mark of the Web security measure to help infect machines with malware. Hackers are refining their techniques for bypassing MOTW, which warns users when they try to open a file downloaded from the internet.