North Korean Hackers Used Tornado Cash to Launder $12M From Heco Bridge Hack: Elliptic | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker

North Korean hackers tied to its infamous Lazarus Group have used coin mixing service Tornado Cash to launder $12 million worth of ether (ETH) over the past 24 hours.

Lazarus is responsible for hacks worth more than $3 billion over the past six years, according to a report by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.

Tornado Cash was hit by U.S. sanctions in August 2022. This spurred Lazarus Group to use another mixer, Sinbad, to obfuscate their ill-gotten gains. However, Sinbad itself was seized by U.S. authorities in November, prompting Lazarus to make the shift back to Tornado Cash, Elliptic said in its blog post. One of Tornado Cash’s founders, Roman Storm, was arrested last year and is awaiting trial on money laundering charges. Another, Roman Semenov, has been charged but has yet to be arrested.

Despite being sanctioned twice, Tornado Cash still runs via decentralized smart contracts that cannot be seized or taken offline.

“The change in behavior and return to the use of Tornado Cash likely reflects the limited number of large-scale mixers now operating, thanks to law enforcement takedowns of services such as and,” Elliptic said.


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