Cybercriminals still prefer to use "money mules" and drug trafficking to launder money tied to their bank hacking activities rather than cryptocurrency transactions, according to a report from SWIFT, which handles intra-bank financial transactions.
The U.S. Justice Department has filed a civil forfeiture complaint in an effort to recover millions in cryptocurrency from 280 accounts that allegedly was stolen by North Korean hackers. Prosecutors believe much of the money was laundered through Chinese exchanges.
Police have confiscated $90 million from a company allegedly owned by Alexander Vinnik, who is accused of money laundering and defrauding individuals through BTC-e, a cryptocurrency exchange he controlled.
The State Department is offering a $5 million reward for information about North Korean-sponsored hacking campaigns, according to an advisory released this week by several U.S. agencies about the ongoing threat these campaigns pose to financial institutions and others.
Police in the United Kingdom have arrested six suspects as part of a money laundering investigation tied to the February 2019 theft of $14 million from one of Malta's largest banks. Officials say malware-wielding attackers moved money to accounts in the U.S., U.K., Czech Republic and Hong Kong.
Cybercriminals are using increasingly sophisticated methods to turn illicitly gained cryptocurrency into cash, which raises new concerns about enforcing anti-money laundering laws, according to a report by Chainalysis.
Three member of a cybercriminal gang that used the GozNym malware platform to steal approximately $100 million from victims across the world have been sentenced for their roles in the scam, according to U.S. Justice Department and prosecutors in the country of Georgia.
South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Upbit says hackers have stolen $49 million worth of ethereum, in what is the year's seventh major cryptocurrency heist. Much of the $158 million stolen so far this year is likely fueling the North Korean regime's appetite for luxury goods and weapons of mass destruction.
Russian national Andrei Tyurin, who was extradited last year from Eastern Europe to the United States, has stated that he plans to accept a plea deal he's reached with federal prosecutors. Tyurin has been charged with numerous crimes, including hacking JPMorgan Chase and stealing 83 million customer records.
The Canadian government has arrested a senior intelligence official on charges of working as a mole. He was reportedly unmasked after investigators found someone had pitched stolen secrets to the CEO of Phantom Secure, a secure smartphone service marketed to criminals that authorities shuttered last year.
Cybercrime is surging thanks, in part, to the availability of inexpensive hacking tools and services. A recent look by security firm Armour at black market offerings finds stolen payment card data, RDP credentials, ransomware and DDoS services are widely available for sale.