FBI blames North Korean group for theft of $41m in bitcoin, others


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The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI has revealed that the Lazarus Group (also known as APT38) a group made up of North Korean cyber actors has stolen approximately $41 million in virtual currency from Stake.com, an online casino and betting platform.

According to the FBI, the theft took place on or about September 4, 2023. 

According to a statement published on its website, FBI said the North Korean group moved stolen funds associated with the Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain (BSC), and Polygon networks from Stake.com into different accounts.

FBI listed the virtual currency addresses where the virtual funds were moved to as follows
Address Network
0x94f1b9b64e2932f6a2db338f616844400cd58e8a Ethereum
0xba36735021a9ccd7582ebc7f70164794154ff30e Ethereum
0xbda83686c90314cfbaaeb18db46723d83fdf0c83 Ethereum
0x7d84d78bb9b6044a45fa08b7fe109f2c8648ab4e Ethereum
0xff29a52a538f1591235656f71135c24019bf82e5 BSC
0x0004a76e39d33edfeac7fc3c8d3994f54428a0be BSC
0xbcedc4f3855148df3ea5423ce758bda9f51630aa BSC
0xe03a1ae400fa54283d5a1c4f8b89d3ca74afbd62 BSC
0x95b6656838a1d852dd1313c659581f36b2afb237 BSC
0xa2e898180d0bc3713025d8590615a832397a8032 Polygon
0xa26213638f79f2ed98d474cbcb87551da909685e Polygon
bc1qfesn3jj65fhmf00hh45ueql8je8jae6ep3qk84 Bitcoin
bc1qtalh4l8qc0p2qw70axxjhwu9z7rm93td5sgsl3 Bitcoin
bc1qlq3s8hgczfe62yt94xqasdr5ftuuyrc5kgvpwr Bitcoin
bc1qy78e6ml7f3p438jqrrlzsewx625y0sr7jsesa7 Bitcoin
bc1qqa682d2q0wtx5gfpxh4yfl9s4k00ukakl5fpk5 Bitcoin
bc1qmqgkxzzfzjqepptw9xzxy03672xg55q559fmvr Bitcoin
bc1qdjmwm8q74r0yx99nghaeu33xdmz3lqnt2uspqv Bitcoin
bc1qrqv5f7jxhp67jcgk9wv5jx4795wlntvhdz2a7j Bitcoin
bc1q82gvk20m08uctmmr97p2mqyxtyh6xf68rwe0t9 Bitcoin
bc1q8y9wc2p9444y8r77xtmswxm9qqw90nrpufkx47 Bitcoin
bc1qqvpjgaurtnhc8smkmdtwhx9c8207m0prsyxyjx Bitcoin
bc1qfcl8a4ck7uu3phgg5fj6g9servp6f85j3frcd3 Bitcoin
bc1qqydp9muxtnxyet3ryfqc467wjtm23f0r7eh5aa Bitcoin
bc1qe4n22sduyylws74aewc6y6g32nglvglqu7hted Bitcoin
bc1qy0ggpxu8f6lta6vf44vervr4py2uu829grj8yh Bitcoin
bc1q32dzmf4t5a3xxvyxn07scgpmjznnz3kwjhw8uc Bitcoin
bc1qkrkxgvp2te3xhgn74c2azt4flf9u05y56kh3a9 Bitcoin
bc1q6w7qlaj3mfkgfrxwtvhw45cu86wew7xpjfqcmy Bitcoin
bc1qc593a4d2hznk2ext3k2zmpdrqazlhhh80m4xas Bitcoin
bc1qtnuzecpqaakj0dt855n24dv7u5pme7vyct2cf2 Bitcoin
bc1qvjpgxa2g3nvyw2hnclptextllu9dr4vkew8jfp Bitcoin
bc1qg0qygyv3qfp8cjyy99ch9vc9dp876vl8wys67u Bitcoin

Th intelligence agency said North Korean cyber actors are also responsible for several other high-profile international virtual currency heists. The Bureau said 2023 alone, the North Korean cyber actors have stolen more than $200 million.

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“This amount includes but is not limited to, approximately $60 million of virtual currency from Alphapo and CoinsPaid on or about July 22, 2023, and approximately $100 million of virtual currency from Atomic Wallet on or about June 2, 2023.

“The FBI previously provided information to the public regarding the DPRK’s attacks against Harmony’s Horizon bridge and Sky Mavis’ Ronin Bridge and put out a cybersecurity advisory on TraderTraitor. 

“In addition, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned the Lazarus Group in 2019.

“Private sector entities are encouraged to review the previously released Cyber Security Advisory on TraderTraitor and examine the blockchain data associated with the above-referenced virtual currency addresses and be vigilant in guarding against transactions directly with, or derived from, those addresses.

“The FBI will continue to expose and combat the DPRK’s use of illicit activities to generate revenue for the regime, including cybercrime and virtual currency theft. If you have any information to provide, please contact your local FBI field office or the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov,” it concluded.

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