DOJ Seized $500,000 That North Korean Hackers Stole From U.S. Health Care Organizations
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Attorney General Lisa Monaco said the Justice Department seized approximately half a million dollars that North Korean government-backed hackers had either extorted from U.S. health care organizations or used to launder ransom payments.
The North Korean hackers hit an unnamed medical center in Kansas last year, encrypting computer systems the facility relied on to operate essential equipment and another unnamed medical provider in Colorado. She praised the unnamed Kansas organization for reporting the incident to the FBI, which allowed the bureau to identify a new type of ransomware used by the North Koreans and ultimately seize ransom payments along with cryptocurrency from China-based money-launderers working for the North Koreans.
The seizures are enabled by investments that the FBI, Secret Service, and Treasury Department make in tracking cryptocurrency payments to cybercriminal groups, including payments that might violate U.S. sanctions. In a technical alert, U.S. government agenc…
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