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According to South Korean intelligence, for 2022North Korean-linked hacker groups have stolen $626 million worth of cryptocurrencies, and a total of $1.2 billion worth of assets have been stolen in attacks since 2017.
In their report, the scouts emphasized that since 20172020, $78 million worth of assets were stolen from South Korean cryptocurrency platforms. At the same time, thanks to the constant work to tighten control over companies, North Korean hackers never managed to steal cryptocurrencies from South Korean users in 2022.
“In South Korea, transactions with virtual assetsthey began to sign with real user names, and security was also strengthened. Therefore, we have no damage,” said an intelligence (NIS) spokesman in an interview with local newspaper Kyunghyang Shinmun.
The vast majority of assets are stolen from decentralized applications. Half of the funds stolen from DeFi were stolen as a result of hacking of internet bridges.
Recall that in 2021, South Korea introducedmandatory identity verification for cryptocurrency traders. In addition, regulators have required traders to create accounts in the same bank where the cryptocurrency exchange stores funds, otherwise deposits and withdrawals will be prohibited. At the same time, the verification of the client must be carried out by both the bank and the exchange.
Earlier, the authorities of the South Korean city of Busan announced the abandonment of plans to cooperate with cryptocurrency exchanges. The decision is connected with the collapse of the FTX exchange.