North Korea sold military secrets to North Korea for bitcoin

North Korea sold military secrets to North Korea for bitcoin

North Korea sold military secrets to North Korea for bitcoin

The Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office has charged the head of a local cryptocurrency investment company and an active-duty military officer with violating the National Security Law by leaking military secrets to a North Korean hacker in exchange for bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, according to the prosecutor’s released investment report.

A military officer photographed and leaked military secrets via a disposable phone due to poor image quality on a hidden wristwatch camera purchased by an unnamed cryptocurrency executive, local media reported on Thursday.

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According to local media reports, the chief executive received $600,000 worth of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies from a North Korean hacker whom the crypto investor met on Telegram six years ago. The military met the hacker in 2020 and received about 48 million won ($37,780) in bitcoin.

In January, a hacker instructed a crypto chief to acquire a hacking device using crypto obtained from North Korea, while a military officer shared the keys to enter in a failed attempt to give the hacker remote access to the Korea Joint Command and Control System. , the South Korean military’s intercom network.

The two have admitted to the charges, but the name of the North Korean hacker remains unknown. This is the first known case of a South Korean military helping a North Korean hacker through a social network.

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