U.S Secret Service Hits Cybercrime with Crypto Seizures of over $100m

This week, U.S government agencies warned of more North Korean cyberattacks following April’s Ronin Hack.

The U.S government has ramped up its fight against cybercriminals with new tasks forces tackling cybercrime.

This year, cybercrime is back in the spotlight. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and North Korea’s missile funding programs have given governments cause for concern.

Last month, news of the Lazarus Group’s involvement in this year’s Ronin attack highlighted how effective cyberattacks are in funding government military hardware.

Linked to the state government, the Lazarus Group is a North Korean cybercriminal syndicate that was behind April’s Axie Infinity hack. April’s hack was the largest ever, with cybercriminals getting away with $625m, including 173.6k ETH and 25.5m USDC.

The increase in cybercriminal activity has  led to U.S government agencies actively pursuing cybercriminals.

Overnight, news hit the wires of the U.S Secret Service joining other government agencies to tackle cybercrime.

“Agents and analysts actively track the flow of Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies on the blockchain, similar to old-fashioned surveillance.”

“When you follow a digital currency wallet, it’s no different than an email address that has some correlating identifiers. And once a person and another person make a transaction, and that gets to the blockchain, we have the ability to follow that email address or wallet address, if you will, and trace it through the blockchain”

The Secret Service investigated 254 cases that involved Russian and North Korean cybercriminals and a case collaborating with the Romanian National Police.

According to the report, investigators have found that thieves will transfer stolen crypto into stablecoins. To track the money flow, they are watching the market.

“Because, you know, the criminals, they’re humans too. They want to avoid some of that market volatility associated with some of the major coins.”

In addition to the well-publicized task of protecting presidents, the Secret Service is also involved in financial and cybercrimes investigations.

The latest news follows this week’s government warning of the threat of more North Korean cyberattacks.

This week, U.S government agencies issued warnings of the threat of more North Korean cyberattacks.

On Tuesday, FX Empire reported on the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issuing a joint alert with the FBI and the U.S Treasury Department.

According to the alert, cybercriminals focus on organizations in the blockchain technology and cryptocurrency industry. These include cryptocurrency exchanges and decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols.

In March, the FBI created a new Virtual Assets Unit in response to a spike in cybercriminal activity.

With the FBI Virtual Assets Unit, the Secret Service, and other agencies targeting cybercriminals, crypto seizures from illicit activity could surge this year.

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