The National Intelligence Agency of South Korea reported that hackers seized cryptocurrency assets of citizens in the amount of several tens of millions of dollars on the orders of the DPRK authorities. This has been informed by Reuters referring to the statement of a member of the South Korean parliamentary committee for intelligence Kim Byung-kee.
“North Korea sent emails that could hack into cryptocurrency exchanges and their customers’ private information and stole (cryptocurrency) worth billions of won,” said Kim Byung-kee, a member of South Korea’s parliamentary intelligence committee.
South Korean experts believe that the DPRK may be involved in the hacking of the Coincheck exchange which had about 533 million dollars in NEM tokens stolen .
The attack on Coincheck is very similar to the hacking of the Youbit platform. We remind you that in December of last year the exchange declared itself bankrupt after more than 17% of its assets were stolen.
So far, these are only assumptions and the intelligence service has no exact evidence. However, experts believe that North Korea is more and more often coming up with new methods of illegal production of cryptocurrency.
South Korean authorities are trying to control the national cryptocurrency market in every possible way, believing that in this way it will be possible in the future to avoid a number of global problems.