• North Korean hackers responsible for the Harmony Bridge attack have attempted to launder additional $27 million in Ethereum (ETH).
• ZachXBT, a Crypto Investigative Researcher, reported via Twitter on January 29th that the hackers had just finished laundering another $27.18 million from the Harmony Bridge exploit.
• Upon receiving notification, some exchanges acted quickly, and part of the stolen assets were frozen.
North Korean cybercriminals have once again attempted to steal funds, this time after hacking into the cryptocurrency platform Harmony Bridge. The attack, which was first reported by the FBI, was conducted by two groups of North Korean government hackers and saw them steal 41,000 Ether (ETH) worth $63.9 million.
Now, just two weeks later, the hackers have attempted to launder an additional 17,278 ETH worth about $27 million. Crypto Investigative Researcher ZachXBT reported via Twitter on January 29th that the hackers had just finished laundering another $27.18 million from the Harmony Bridge exploit. According to ZachXBT, the hackers tried to move the funds through exchanges as they did with the $63.9 million on January 13th.
The funds were reportedly sent to six exchanges using three main wallet addresses. Although no names were revealed, ZachXBT notified the exchanges of the transactions. Upon receiving notification, some exchanges acted quickly, and part of the stolen assets were frozen. However, it is currently unknown how much was frozen as the exchanges have not disclosed any further information.
The attack on Harmony Bridge is yet another reminder of how vulnerable the cryptocurrency space is to malicious actors. There have been numerous hacks and scams in the past, and it is important to remain vigilant when dealing with cryptocurrency assets. It is also essential to use secure wallets and exchanges, and to double-check that an address is correct before sending funds.