2022 was a record year for North Korean crypto theft

2022 was a record year for North Korean crypto theft

Briefly: Crypto might’ve lost its shine for investors, but North Korean hackers are still going full crypto-bro. According to an unreleased UN report obtained by Reuters, hackers from North Korea stole a record sum of crypto assets last year. South Korean intelligence places the value of Pyongyang’s cyber-loot at around $630M.

Beyond cryptocurrency wallets, North Korean hackers also targeted foreign aerospace and defence companies to collect sensitive information.

Intrigue’s take: When your economy is suffering under crushing sanctions, you gotta get creative with your business ventures. Virtual asset theft is only a small part of how the North Korean regime makes money. It also dabbles in illicit drug production, weapons sales, and overseas indentured labour. Quite the LinkedIn profile.

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