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US government goes all in to expose new malware used by North Korean hackers

Enlarge Jung Yeon-Je/Getty Images The US Pentagon, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security on Friday exposed a North Korean hacking operation and provided technical details for seven pieces of malware used in the campaign. The US Cyber National Mission Force, an arm of the Pentagon’s US Cyber Command, said on Twitter that the …

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New Report Finds North Korean Mining of XMR Increased Tenfold in 2019, Online Activity 300%

</header> <strong>A report published by cybersecurity organization Insikt Group claims internet use in North Korea has grown significantly in the past three years. The group cites a “300% increase in the volume of activity to and from North Korean networks since 2017,” and part of this activity involves monero (<a class=”lar-automated-link” href=”https://markets.bitcoin.com/crypto/XMR” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>XMR</a>) …

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North Korea Is Expanding Its Monero Mining Operations, Says Report

North Korea is stepping up mining of the privacy coin monero as the regime continues its efforts to circumvent sanctions. U.S. cybersecurity firm Recorded Future said in a report Sunday that network traffic for monero (XMR) mining, that had originated from North Korean IP ranges, had increased by “at least tenfold” since May 2019, making …

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USA vs. Virgil Griffith: What We Know (and Don’t) in the Bombshell Crypto Sanctions Case

Prosecutors appear to have a strong case against Virgil Griffith, the ethereum developer charged with conspiring to aid North Korea, legal experts say. For one thing, the mere act of giving a presentation in Pyongyang might have violated the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC) sanctions, depending on what he said there, …

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BTC Could Hit $10K, ‘Stay Away from North Korea,’ Akon City: Hodler’s Digest, Jan. 13–19

Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Bitcoin ready to push above key resistance to hit $10,000 …

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Uncovering the Motives Behind North Korea’s Crypto Conference

On Jan. 15, the United Nations warned that attending North Korea’s cryptocurrency conference in February will likely constitute a sanctions violation. According to Reuters, this notice was issued in a confidential report that will be submitted to the U.N. Security Council later this month. The warning comes after a series of events sparked suspicion around …

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Why Crypto’s ‘Rogue State’ Narrative Is a Risk to the Industry

Crypto tokens weren’t the only thing that saw a major pump yesterday. The total value locked in DeFi ascended to new heights. While part of this can be explained simply by the rise in ETH price, it also reflected traders turning to DeFi platforms as a way to get more exposure to the market action …

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Hacker Group Lazarus Uses Fake Exchanges, Telegram Groups in Latest Malware Attacks

</header> <strong>A new report shows that North Korea-linked Lazarus Group has adapted and evolved new techniques since initial attacks, and are using phony trading platforms linking to Telegram channels which distribute malware, as well as making their malware more stealthy by “adding an authentication mechanism in the macOS,” amongst other tactics. Since the group’s infamous …

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Ethereum Developer Virgil Griffith to Be Released on Bail to Parents

Virgil Griffith is slated to be released to his parents home in Alabama pending some pre-release conditions, after a ruling by the Hon. Vernon Broderick in in New York Monday. “Laws in this country are not suggestions,” Judge Broderick told the accused Ethereum Foundation developer as the hearing began, according to a tweet thread from …

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Ethereum Proponent Virgil Griffith Deemed a Flight Risk, Judge Denies Bail

</header> <strong>U.S. law enforcement filed in November criminal charges against Ethereum researcher Virgil Griffith because he traveled to North Korea and taught “his audience how to use blockchain technology.” Griffith was arrested on Thanksgiving Day and has been forced to remain in prison the whole time. On Dec. 26, SDNY Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses refused …

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