Enter the terms you wish to search for. The bankruptcy of a bitcoin exchange has been blamed on North Korean hackers, bitcoin exchanges are down concerns for the cryptocurrency’s future. 72 million worth of bitcoins were stolen from the South Korean exchange Youbit in April, before a second more recent cyber heist forced the exchange to shut down on Tuesday.
Cryptocurrency exchanges from neighboring South Korea—which account for 15 to 25 percent of world bitcoin trading—appear to be the main target of the hackers, with the country’s largest exchange platform, Bithumb, hacked in July. Other Seoul-based bitcoin exchanges, including Yapizon and Coinis, have also been the target of cyber thieves suspected of being from North Korea this year. Clearly they have a large interest in cryptocurrencies as an easy method for economic gain, as well as an opportunity to economically weaken their enemies. The consequences of these cyber thefts could result in a crackdown from regulators on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Andy Norton, director of threat intelligence at Lastline. It’s like a black hole attracting bad actors and dirty money from all around the world.