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North Korea may have made over $200 million USD from cryptocurrency transactions last year, according to a former NSA official. DPRK is believed to have obtained at least 11,000 bitcoins through mining or hacking in 2017. Pyongyang continues to exploit the benefits of using cryptos and the cyber security weaknesses of its adversaries, recent reports suggest.

Also read: Intelligence: Pyongyang Trying to Steal Cryptos before Pyeongchang Olympics

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Struggling to overcome effects from international political isolation and economic sanctions, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has been turning to cryptocurrency in recent years. Multiple reports have indicated that Pyongyang is actively engaged in attempts to acquire cryptos through any means possible.North Korea Obtained 11,000 bitcoins in 2017, Expert Says

The North has obtained at least 11,000 bitcoins last year, according to a former NSA official, quoted by Radio Free Asia. Priscilla Moriuchi, who has been in charge of cyber security in the Asia-Pacific region at the U.S. National Security Agency, believes the cryptocurrency has been acquired through mining or hacking in 2017.

The value of the stashed coins is estimated at $210 million USD, as of December last year, when the price of bitcoin was at its peak, Moriuchi said. She is currently working at the U.S. based cyber threat intelligence provider Recorded Future. If the hermit state’s regime still had the bitcoins in January, their value would have been around $120 million, the South Korean Yonhap news agency reported.

Taking Advantage of Cryptos and Weaknesses
North Korea has been trying to benefit from the opportunities cryptocurrencies offer, in terms of freedom and anonymity of transactions. The international financial system is largely unavailable to Pyongyang, as its access is severely limited. Multilateral sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs have been imposed. North Korean interest in cryptos has been confirmed by reports indicating that Pyongyang University is offering courses on cryptocurrencies. The Alma Mater is considered to be the breeding ground for North Korean hackers.

DPRK has reportedly made multiple attempts to exploit cyber security weaknesses in the crypto ecosphere of its enemies. Mining malware infections and ransomware attacks have been blamed on North Koreans. Last year hackers from the notorious Lazarus Group, believed to be linked to the communist state, were implicated in attacks on South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges.

North Korea Obtained 11,000 bitcoins in 2017, Expert Says

According to the South Korean intelligence agency, the North is involved in the hack of Bithumb, the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchange. Personal data of more than 30,000 of its users was stolen by hackers. Authorities in the Republic of Korea have fined Bithumb’s operator for leaking private information. Cryptos worth billions of won were stolen by DPRK hackers last year, the National Intelligence Service said.

A report by Recorded Future claimed that North Korean government actors, including the Lazarus Group, continued to target South Korean exchanges and their users in late 2017. South Korean intelligence has informed lawmakers during a parliamentary hearing in Seoul that the North has never stopped trying to hack crypto exchanges in the country. The assessment came in a period of relative warming of relations on the Korean peninsula, which recently hosted the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

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This story and more can be going on for a long time because as of now there is no effective means to stop a rogue country like North Korea to amass Bitcoin (and I suspect some other coins too) for its own evil intent. I am then wondering how the country (or its leaders) are able to encash their Bitcoin into fiat money...this can be a good topic for investigation so we can be learning of its complicated intricacies. As a country known to have a different and quite-difficult-to-understand mentality, North Korea can be that "pain" in the ass especially for Western countries and its sister country South Korea.

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