North Korea Amassing Bitcoin To Fund Cyberattacks According To Crowdstrike CEO

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The CEO of cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike, George Kurtz, says North Korea is "absolutely" accumulating a giant pile of bitcoin to fund cyberattacks.

"They're building a cache of bitcoin, if you think about it. It's an anonymous currency, it can easily bypass any sort of sanctions because there are none on bitcoin, and the value has increased dramatically," Kurtz told CNBC's "Squawk Alley." "It's the perfect currency for North Korea to be hoarding." -CNBC

Can someone say "prohibited country" regulations?

The opinion comes on the heels of an op-ed in the WSJ by Homeland Security advisor Tom Bossert, who says North Korea was behind the WannaCry ransomware hack earlier this year, which demanded ransom in bitcoin.

The U.S. government has assessed with a "very high level of confidence" that a hacking entity known as Lazarus Group, which works on behalf of the North Korean government, carried out the WannaCry attack, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the government's investigation. -CNBC

The WannaCry hack is said to have cost billions, crippling hospitals, banks and companies around the world - and "highlights the capabilities that North Korea has in cyber," according to Kurtz.

Crowdstrike CEO on 2018 cyber threat outlook from CNBC.

Crowdstrike is the firm which analyzed the DNC servers and determined that Russia hacked them - however the Irvine, CA company came under fire in late 2016 when they had to retract a botched report on Russian hacking of Ukrainian artillery using the same "fancy bear" malware they also say the Kremlin used on the DNC servers.

The government of Ukraine issued a statement after the artillery report came out, calling it Fake News:

In connection with the emergence in some media reports which stated that the alleged “80% howitzer D-30 Armed Forces of Ukraine removed through scrapping Russian Ukrainian hackers software gunners,” Land Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine informs that the said information is incorrect.

Ministry of Defence of Ukraine asks journalists to publish only verified information received from the competent official sources. Spreading false information leads to increased social tension in society and undermines public confidence in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. – (translated) (1.6.2017)

So DHS's Tom Bossert drops an op-ed on a North Korean hacking operation which only takes Bitcoin, and the CEO of Crowdstrike follows up with a stark warning on Bitcoin hoarding by Pyongyang. 

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