North Korea denies being behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchange houses.
North Korea denied on September 1 the accusations of having obtained USD 2 billion through a series of cyber attacks on cryptocurrency banks and exchange houses, and accused the United States of spreading these rumors.
A report by the United Nations, seen by Reuters news agency last month, says that North Korea has carried out cyber attacks of “wide range and growing sophistication” to rob banks and cryptocurrency exchange houses, thus accumulating USD 2,000 millions. Such an amount would have been used to finance programs for the production of weapons of mass destruction.
“The United States and other hostile forces are now spreading rumors in bad faith,” reports the North Korean government news agency, KCNA, citing a statement by the spokesman of the National Coordinating Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing. The official’s statement states the following:
“This invention by the hostile forces is nothing more than a kind of dirty game that seeks to damage the image of the Republic and is intended to justify sanctions, in addition to increasing the pressure of pressure campaigns against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”
Washington has made very little progress in its goal of making North Korea desist from advancing its nuclear weapons production program, despite the three meetings held by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and the leader of Korea. from the North, Kim Jong Un. On this, the vice minister of North Korea said last Saturday that he hopes that the talks with the United States will vanish. He also criticized the recent comments of the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on “the dishonest behavior of North Korea.”
In recent years Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, has been accused of being the epicenter of a series of cyber attacks, mainly against financial networks in the United States, South Korea and in more than a dozen other countries. These cyber activities, experts say, generate large amounts of foreign exchange for the North Korean regime.
The crux of the accusations against North Korea is in its connection with a group of hackers called Lazarus, who are linked to a cyber theft of USD 81 million to the Central Bank of Bangladesh in 2016, and to the attack in 2014 perpetrated against the study from Sony in Hollywood.
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