South Korean investigators are considering North Korea's possible involvement in hacking the Youbit crypto exchange. According to sources close to the investigation, there are serious indications and concrete evidence of this fact, writes The Wall Street Journal.
Now the regime of Kim Jong-un is going through hard times with funding because of tightening economic sanctions. One way to replenish the treasury is hacking of vulnerable crypto currency.
Earlier, a number of experts said that against the background of the global crypto currency "mania" the North Korean regime intends to establish control over a significant number of existing bitcoins through the use of virus-extortionists, thefts and mining.
On December 19, the South Korean crypto exchange Youbit announced the closure and commencement of the bankruptcy procedure after the second time in the last year it was a victim of hackers. Unknown attackers stole about 17% of the assets of the site.