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US Treasury Dept sanctions 3 Ethereum addresses allegedly linked to North Korea

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The United States Treasury Department has added three Ethereum pockets addresses to sanctions allegedly linked to the hacker group liable for the theft of greater than $600 million in crypto from nonfungible token sport Axie Infinity’s Ronin sidechain.

In a Friday replace, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, listed three Ethereum addresses to its Specially Designated Nationals restrictions for North Korea’s Lazarus Group. U.S. authorities, together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, have focused the group over its alleged function in taking greater than 173,600 Ether (ETH) and 25.5 million USD Coin (USDC) from the Ronin sidechain in March — the tokens had been price greater than $600 million on the time.

The U.S. authorities division hinted in a Friday tweet that the addresses had been added to the listing in an effort to cease North Korea from evading sanctions imposed by the United States and United Nations. Blockchain data present not less than one of many pockets addresses related to the Ronin hackers despatched funds to crypto mixer providers together with Tornado Cash.

Chainalysis reported in January that North Korea stole roughly $400 million in cryptocurrency via cyberattacks in 2021, which means the Ronin theft may characterize its largest haul to this point. Illicit funds linked to hacking teams from the reclusive nation had been primarily in Ether at 58%, Bitcoin at 20% and different tokens at 22%.

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The addition of the ETH addresses was the most recent measure figuring out digital property imposed by OFAC as a way for sanctioned governments to acquire funding. In April, the federal government division introduced it had focused Russia-based darknet market Hydra and digital foreign money change Garantex for alleged connections to funds from ransomware assaults and different cybercrimes, in addition to crypto mining agency BitRiver.

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