- Lazarus Group & APT38 targeted crypto hacks, incl. $60M from Alphapo & $100M from Atomic Wallet.
- FBI identifies 6 wallets holding 1,580 BTC ($41M) linked to hackers.
- Warning issued against engagement with suspicious wallets to combat cybercrime.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has indicated that North Korean hackers affiliated with the Lazarus Group and APT38 might make an effort to liquidate stolen bitcoin (BTC) valued at over $40 million. In an official statement on Tuesday, the FBI disclosed that these two groups were responsible for a series of cryptocurrency heists earlier in the year, which encompassed a $60 million appropriation from Alphapo, a payment processor, and a $100 million breach of Atomic Wallet.
Back in January, the FBI had attributed the Horizon Bridge hack from the previous year, resulting in losses exceeding $100 million, to these same groups. Six wallets containing a collective sum of 1,580 bitcoins (equivalent to $41 million) have been traced back to these hackers, prompting the FBI to caution cryptocurrency enterprises against engaging with these specific wallets.
The FBI affirmed its ongoing commitment to unveiling and countering the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) engagement in unlawful activities, which encompass cybercrimes and theft of virtual currencies, all aimed at generating revenue for the regime.