Justice Department Seizes $500,000 From North Korean Hackers

Key Takeaways

  • The Justice Department announced today it was able to seize half a million dollars from North Korean hackers.
  • The group had used a new strain of ransomware, “Maui,” to freeze the servers of two U.S. hospitals, which had to pay out $100,000 and $120,000 in Bitcoin to regain access to their computers.
  • North Korean hacking syndicates have been particularly effective at finding exploits in the crypto ecosystem; at the beginning of the year the state-sponsored Lazarus Group exploited the Ronin bridge for $551.8 million.

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