May 6, 2022

US sanctions Bitcoin laundering service used by North Korean hackers

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, cybercrime/malcode

The U.S. Department of Treasury today sanctioned cryptocurrency mixer used last month by the North Korean-backed Lazarus hacking group to launder funds stolen from Axie Infinity’s Ronin bridge.

In the wake of the attack, Sky Mavis (the bridge’s creator) revealed that hackers breached the Ronin bridge on March 23 to steal 173,600 Ethereum and 25.5M USDC tokens in two transactions worth $617 million at the time, the largest cryptocurrency hack in history.

The previous most significant theft of cryptocurrency was the $611 million Poly Network hack in August 2021.

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