If you can’t arrest them, you can call them out in public.
The Justice Department on Wednesday overturned a sweeping indictment detailing the efforts of three North Korean hackers to steal more than $ 1.3 billion in money and cryptocurrency in recent years. The plans included, as determined by the DOJ, fake crypto apps with backdoors that grossed the attackers millions.
Oh, and of course a fraudulent blockchain company played a role.
The DOJ points at three hackers: Jon Chang Hyok, 31; Kim Il, 27; and Park Jin Hyok, 36. It is alleged that they worked for a military intelligence agency in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and that all three were involved in the 2014 Sony hack. In a press release detailing the charges, Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers stressed (albeit in a dramatic way) the extent of the alleged crime.
“As stated in today’s indictment, North Korea’s activists who use keyboards instead of guns and steal digital wallets with cryptocurrency instead of money bags are the world’s leading bank robbers,” he said.
In fact, no weapons were required to bring the Marine Chain Token and ICO to market – a 2017 and 2018 effort to allegedly allow investors to acquire ownership interests in ocean-going vessels backed by a blockchain that allows investors to DPRK would allow clandestinely fundraising from investors, controlling interests in ocean-going vessels, and circumventing US sanctions. “
And weapons weren’t required to develop the numerous cryptocurrency applications – Celas Trade Pro, WorldBit-Bot, iCryptoFx, Union Crypto Trader, Kupay Wallet, CoinGo Trade, Dorusio, CryptoNeuro Trader, and Ants2Whale – to gain access to victims’ computers .
In addition to cryptocurrency systems, the indictment alleges the three men attempted to steal $ 1.2 billion from banks in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Mexico, Malta and Africa within four years as of 2015.
In particular, none of the hackers is in custody. Three posters requested by the FBI encourage you to contact your local FBI office if you have any information on any of the men.
If the men are caught and convicted, they face severe prison terms. In particular, they are charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse, as well as conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. The former has a maximum sentence of five years; The latter, 30.