- This was stated by the representative of the White House
- Washington’s concern grows as North Korea develops new types of weapons
The White House believes that cyberattacks and cryptocurrency theft remain a key source of income for the DPRK regime. The Ministry of Defense said that at least half of the country’s missile program is financed from these funds.
Such a thesis expressed Ann Neuberger, Deputy National Security Adviser for Cybercrime and Emerging Technologies. She attended a private contractor event called Special.
According to her, the federal authorities are doing everything possible to identify and stop the ways of financing the North Korean regime. The Ministry of Defense is also making significant efforts to find out how the country has succeeded so much in this direction.
Recall that in mid-April, the DPRK tested a new missile, the Hwaseong-18. According to military experts, with its help, the country can deliver pinpoint nuclear strikes at a much greater distance.
It is possible that this project was financed, in fact, at the expense of other people’s money. We also note that earlier this was announced in the UN Security Council. We covered this report in a separate article.
Neuberger did not give exact figures. However, earlier Chainalysys published a report, based on which North Korean hackers stole $1.7 billion worth of cryptocurrencies in 2022 alone. At the same time, they are getting bolder. Earlier, we reported that “himself” Kim Jong-un registered on the exchange and even passed KYC. Surely in order to launder stolen money, not otherwise.