FBI linked Hushpuppi to three North Korean computer programmers participating in a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy to conduct a series of destructive cyberattacks.
In a detailed statement, the Justice Department alleged that Hushpuppi took part in a North Korean-perpetrated cyber-enabled heist in February 2019.
FBI Fingers Hushpuppi as a collaborator with a North Korean money launderer, Ghaleb Alaumary, 37, based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
The North Korean programmers were accused of stealing and extorting over $1.3 billion of money and cryptocurrency from financial institutions and companies.
FBI Fingers Hushpuppi
According to the FBI, the programmers created and deployed multiple malicious cryptocurrency applications and to develop and fraudulently market a blockchain platform.
The Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of the Justice Department’s National Security Division described the programmers as the world’s leading bank robbers.
Demers accused the programmers of stealing digital wallets of cryptocurrency, adding that the North Korean hackers’ criminal conduct scope was extensive and long-running.
Other allegations levelled against them include ransomware attacks, phishing campaigns, digital bank heists and sophisticated money-laundering operations.
They allegedly engaged in a destructive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November 2014, creating the dangerous WannaCry 2.0 ransomware in May 2017.