280 cryptocurrency accounts linked to North Korean hacking scheme

The United States said it is seeking to seize 280 cryptocurrency accounts Chinese nationals used to launder money stolen by North Korean hackers from virtual currency exchanges.

The civil forfeiture complaint filed on Thursday came after the Justice Department accused North Korean hackers in early March of stealing $250 million in cryptocurrency from a South Korean-based virtual currency exchange in 2018 and charged two Chinese nationals with laundering more than $100 million from that hack.

In the March complaint, prosecutors tied the North Korean hackers to a second theft of about $48.5 million worth of virtual currency from another South Korea-based currency exchange in November of last year.

In Thursday’s complaint, prosecutors detailed two more related hacks of virtual currency exchanges in 2019 — one in July and the other in September.

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