The feds have charges North Korean programmers with stealing $1.3 billion in crypto and cash
Three North Korean hackers have been charged with stealing over $1.3 billion worth of cryptocurrencies and cash by U.S. federal authorities, CNBC reports.
Apart from the massive theft, the bad actors have been indicted for developing malicious cryptocurrency applications and even a bogus blockchain platform.
A Canadian-American citizen has already pleaded guilty to aiding the North Korean operatives.
John Demers, the assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, described the North Korean operatives as “the world’s leading bank robbers”:
North Korea’s operatives, using keyboards rather than guns, stealing digital wallets of cryptocurrency instead of sacks of cash, are the world’s leading bank robbers.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates.