The US State Department is offering rewards of up to $10 million for any information or assistance that leads to investigations into cryptocurrency theft, cyber espionage and other illegal activities supported by the North Korean state.
In a tweet, the department said: “If you have information about individuals associated with malicious cyber groups linked to the North Korean government (such as Andreal, APT38, Blunoraf, Peacekeepers, Kimsuki, or the Lazarus Group). If you attack US critical infrastructure in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, you may be eligible for a reward.
The current reward will double the amount given by the agency in March 2022. At the time, they asked for details about the financial structures used by the government working on behalf of the North Korean government.
The development comes after the US Department of Justice revealed that $500,000 worth of Bitcoin was seized from North Korean hackers who made digital payments using a new malware called Maui.
Earlier this year, blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis published a document linking the Lazarus group to seven attacks on cryptocurrency platforms in 2021 that stole around $400 million in virtual assets.
Microsoft has warned that a North Korean operative group named DEV-0530 is using a variety of custom ransomware named H0lyGh0st to successfully break into and invade small businesses in several countries.
To generate illicit revenue and mitigate the impact of sanctions, cyber-theft and money laundering, ransomware, cryptojacking and extortion operations are at the top of the tactical playbook of Pyongyang-aligned hackers.
The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced: “The North Korean government – officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) – uses malicious cyber operations to gather intelligence, conduct attacks and generate revenue. .”
“North Korea has conducted cyber attacks against financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges around the world, stealing hundreds of millions of dollars to fund government priorities such as its nuclear and missile programs,” CISA concluded.
via: Hacker News
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