The sum of flows of anonymized crypto-assets in cryptocurrency mixers has doubled in one year, as has the proportion of illicit funds. They are mostly from robberies carried out by hackers affiliated with North Korea or from Russian-speaking ransomware gangs.
Funds sent to cryptocurrency mixers (anonymizers) by cybercriminal groups affiliated with Russia and North Korea have “ significantly increased in 2021 and 2022 “, notes Chainalysis, one of the specialists in the analyst of blockchains and flows of crypto-assets.
The North Koreans alone would have sent the equivalent of more than 600 million dollars in the second quarter of 2022. However, and over the first six months of the year, the assets sent by Lazarus Group, the best known North Korean gangs, known for their numerous thefts of crypto-assets in particular, represents only 30% of the sums sent by entities sanctioned by the American authorities.
Hydra, the largest platform in the “ dark web “, described as “ pokemon go of drugs for its very particular way of having its parcels delivered, and whose servers Russia had seized last April, alone represents 50% of the total.
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