The FBI accuses hackers linked to the North Korean government of stealing $100 million in cryptocurrency

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The FBI, Monday, accused hackers linked to the North Korean government of stealing $100 million worth of cryptocurrency from a California-based company last June.

According to the FBI in a statement, this month North Korean agents laundered more than $60 million in funds stolen in the June hack, and the bureau added that “a portion” of that amount had been frozen without being disclosed. determines its value.

The incident represents one of a series of digital thefts that US officials are concerned that Pyongyang is using to fund its illicit nuclear and ballistic weapons program.

North Korean hackers have stolen the equivalent of billions of dollars in recent years by hacking into cryptocurrency exchanges, according to the United Nations.

During the June hack, hackers targeted a “bridge,” or software that allows cryptocurrency transfers, operated by California-based cryptocurrency firm Harmony.

In addition to hacking cryptocurrency companies, suspected North Korean hackers have also pretended to be of other nationalities in order to apply to work at such companies and send money to Pyongyang, US agencies have warned.

A CNN investigation found that at least one cryptocurrency entrepreneur unwittingly paid a North Korean tech worker tens of thousands of dollars.

Despite the sharp drop in the value of the cryptocurrency last year, suspected North Korean hacks of virtual currency assets continued.

Last April, the FBI blamed hackers backed by the North Korean government for a $600 million hack of a popular video game company.

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