US Treasury Blacklists Two North Korean Lazarus Group Hackers BTC Addresses
- The 20 Bitcoin addresses have been blacklisted for their association with N.Korea.
The US Treasury Office's Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) has blacklisted 20 new Bitcoin (BTC) addresses for their connection to two names from its sanctioned individuals list.
As the OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list’s update says: Yinyin Tian and Jiadong Li have been involved with the Lazarus Group, infamous for hacking activities and affiliations with North Korea’s government.
Conspiracy to Launder Money and Operating an Unlicensed Business
The Lazarus Group has allegedly stolen over half of a billion dollars worth of crypto and targeted 14 different crypto exchanges since 2018, according to the cybersecurity vendor- Group-IB.
Unsealed Court documents reveal charges against Tian and Li such as conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and operating an unlicensed money transmission business.
A press release from the Treasure Department added that $91 million has been stolen from a crypto exchange, in addition to $9.5 million from another.
No Bitcoin Held at the Addresses
According to Steven Mnuchin, the US Treasury Secretary,
“The North Korean regime has continued its widespread campaign of cyber-attacks on financial institutions to steal funds. The United States will continue to protect the global financial system by holding accountable those who help North Korea engage in cyber-crime.”
The blacklisted addresses appear to have had thousands of BTC processed through them, but at the moment they don’t hold any cryptocurrency.
OFAC Blacklisting Crypto Addresses for the Third Time
The OFAC has blacklisted crypto addresses for the third time after in 2018, it had released to the public BTC addresses connected to 2 Iranian citizens accused of ransomware transactions.
In 2019, a Litecoin (LTC) and several BTC addresses affiliated with 3 Chinese citizens charged with violating drug smuggling and money laundering laws have been made public too.
Meanwhile, Russian entities connected with the Independent Petroleum Company were deleted from the sanctions list on Monday, when the new 20 BTC addresses have been added.