Screen Shot 2022 07 20 at 2.37.30 PM 768x404 1 DOJ Takes $500k From North Korean Hackers in US

DOJ Takes $500k From North Korean Hackers in US

1. The U.S. Justice Department has announced that it has seized and returned almost half a million dollars to two hospitals in Kansas and Colorado after they were targeted by North Korean hackers.

2. The medical centers were attacked in May 2021 and April 2022 and paid their ransoms in Bitcoin.

3. The DOJ stated that in May 2021 and April 2022, state-sponsored North Korean hackers deployed a new strain of ransomware called Maui to lock the servers of the two hospitals.

4. The Kansas hospital contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which was then able to trace the cryptocurrency ransom to money launderers in China.

5. In May 2022, the FBI managed to gain access to the receiving accounts, seize the funds, and eventually return the money to the victim institutions.

 

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