Norway Seizes $5.8 Million in Cryptocurrency Stolen by North Korean Hackers

Norwegian police have seized over $5 million in cryptocurrency linked to a North Korean cyber attack on the blockchain project Axie Infinity, which saw the theft of $625 million in March 2022.

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Norway has seized $5.8 million worth of cryptocurrency stolen by North Korean hackers in 2022, according to a statement from the European country’s police.

In March 2022, hackers from North Korea stole $625 million worth of crypto in a blockchain project linked to the game Axie Infinity. The theft was one of the largest on record and was linked by the US to a North Korean hacker group called Lazarus, Reuters reported.

North Korea has denied allegations of involvement in the cyberattacks.

“The money could have been used to fund the North Korean regime and its nuclear program,” Norway’s chief prosecutor, Marianne Bender, said in a statement.

The Norwegian Economic Crime Unit (Okokrim) said it had seized 60 million Norwegian kroner -$5.84 million- in cooperation with the US federal authorities.

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