North Korean hackers stole funds from South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges

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January 22, 2018
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Cryptocurrencies and blockchain-based applications are revolutionizing the way people trade and are dubbed to be providing most secure system developed until now. However, they are still not hacking proof as cited in various incidents, most recent amongst them is the attack on crypto mining service Nicehash where hackers stole over $60 million in users’ funds. As of now, a new report from a cybersecurity firm indicates that North Korean hackers have stolen funds from South Korean cryptocurrency exchange in a security breach.

A new report from the US cybersecurity firm Recorded Future has surfaced which links Lazarus, a North Korean hacking group to various hacking attacks and security breaches on Coinlink, a South Korean cryptocurrency exchange. The researchers of the firm stated that the same type of malware that was earlier used in the Sony Pictures security breach and WannaCry ransomware attack has been used to target Coinlink. According to the report,

“North Korean government actors, specifically Lazarus Group, continued to target South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges and users in late 2017, before Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s speech and subsequent North-South dialogue. The malware employed shared code with Destover malware, which was used against Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014 and the first WannaCry victim in February 2017.”

Back in February 2017, Bithumb the second largest cryptocurrency exchange in terms of daily trading volume suffered a security breach which resulted in the loss of around $7 mln of user funds. The new report from Recorded Future also associates this hacking attack with North Korean hackers.

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