Bitcoin [BTC] worth over $140k was transferred today from a wallet that was earlier associated with the US DOJ [Department of Justice] to North Korean hackers, consistent with Whale Alert.
In line with a recent official report by the Decrypt, the DoJ has recently filed a civil forfeiture complaint against 280 crypto accounts allegedly employed by North Korean hackers to launder over $3 Mln of funds stolen in two separate 2019 hacks.
The complaint alleges that Chinese OTC traders from an anonymous exchange assisted in the laundering of those funds. The DoJ also added that the same individuals laundered funds for North Korea within a $250 Mln hack earlier in 2018.
As per the chief of IRS Criminal Investigation, Don Fort:
“Despite the highly sophisticated money laundering techniques used, IRS-CI’s Cybercrimes Unit was able to successfully track the hacked funds directly back to North Korean actors.”
In line with the Whale Alert, around 12 Bitcoin [BTC] was transferred today originated from one among the accounts listed within the DoJ’s complaint.
“One of the inputs of this transaction has been listed by the United States government as forfeited,” Whale Alert tweeted, adding that “The forfeited address is possibly a Huobi deposit address that received 2.97069728 BTC a couple of days ago. The address was swept today alongside deposits made by other users.”
Whale Alert added that it’s presently unclear who actually proceeded with the transaction.