US officials confirmed that hacker organizations with links to North Korea carried out the attack that caused $100 million damage to the Harmony bridge.
According to a statement posted on the morning of January 24, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said that two hacker organizations with links to North Korea, Lazarus Group and APT38, carried out the attack on the Horizen bridge of the blockchain. Harmony in June 2022, causing losses of $100 million in ETH, USDT and WBTC.
About $60 million of which was moved by hackers last week was identified by the FBI and partially frozen through coordination with exchanges. As reported by Kyptos, two exchanges, Binance and Huobi, said they had located the amount of money that hackers tried to move and blocked $ 2.6 million.
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The FBI also announced the crypto wallet addresses suspected of holding the money obtained from Harmony.
According to blockchain research unit MistTrack, hackers are also trying to disperse funds to many other blockchains to hide the flow of money, including Avalanche, Ethereum, and TRON.
Lazarus Group is the hacker group that has been accused by US authorities of being behind the attack on Axie Infinity’s Ronin bridge that caused $ 624 million in damage, the most serious hack in the history of the cryptocurrency industry. The fact that the Tornado Cash transaction mixer protocol was “sealed” by the US is also partly because it is used by North Korean hackers to launder money.