North Korea Attacks Crypto Exchanges
December 18, 2017
The South Korean National Intelligence Agency states that this year North Korean hackers have repeatedly attacked crypto exchanges, resulting in the plunder of 7.6 billion won ($6.99 million).
Cyber attacks attributed to North Korean hackers also included the theft of personal information from 36,000 accounts at the world's busiest crypto exchange Bitthumb. In addition, the cryptocurrency was stolen from the accounts of exchanges Youbit and Coinis in April and September.
7.6 billion won in the cryptocurrency equivalent stolen at that time now amount to about 90 billion won ($82.7 million). Also, North Korean hackers demanded 6 billion won ($5.5 million) from Bitthumb in exchange for the deletion of users' stolen personal data.
Another attack on 10 crypto exchanges by North Korean hackers in October, using e-mails containing malware, was foiled by the Korean Internet Security Agency (KISA).