The DOJ charged two North Korean nationals and a Malaysian national with conspiracy to (i) violate North Korean Sanctions Regulations, (ii) launder funds, and (iii) violate the federal bank fraud statute.
The DOJ filed a civil forfeiture complaint alleging that North Korean cyber actors stole millions of dollars' worth of cryptocurrency and then laundered the funds through Chinese OTC cryptocurrency traders.
In a cyber threat advisory, the U.S. Departments of Treasury, State, Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned that North Korea is carrying out malicious activities to fund "regime priorities."
The DOJ charged a U.S. citizen with violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act after traveling to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and speaking at a Pyongyang cryptocurrency conference.