The National Intelligence Agency of South Korea has launched an investigation into the possible involvement of North Korean hackers in hacking the Coincheck exchange, in which about $ 533 million was stolen in NEM tokens, Nikkei reported.
According to Agency, in the attack on the Japanese exchange was found a number of distinctive features inherent in the operations of North Korean hackers. Investigators believe that the current attack on Coincheck has much in common with the attack on the South Korean exchange Youbit, which in December last year was forced to declare itself bankrupt after stealing about 17% of its assets.
While the investigators of Agency failed to find irrefutable evidence of Pyongyang's involvement in the Coincheck hacking, it is considered as one of the main versions, added the lawyer who attended the meeting of the department. He also noted that, according to Agency, North Korea has begun to expand the range of methods of illegal mining of cryptocurrency - Pyongyang is also credited with the spread of XMR virus-miners.
In late January, one of the largest crypto exchange in Japan Coincheck confirmed a major theft of funds from the platform. A total of 58 billion yen ($ 533 million) in the NEM (XEM) crypto currency was stolen.