Crypto thieves are increasingly using mixers (anonymizers)

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 heists carried out by hackers affiliated with North Korea or issued by Russian-speaking ransomware gangs.

Funds sent to cryptocurrency mixers (anonymizers) by cybercriminal groups affiliated with Russia and North Korea have “ 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, represent only 30% of the sums disseminated by entities sanctioned by the American authorities.

Hydra, the largest platform in the “ dark canvas “, qualified for “ Pokemon Go of drugs for its particular way of having its packages delivered, and whose servers Russia had seized last April, alone represents 50% of the total.

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