November 30, 2022

Two South Koreans arrested for helping Pyongyang steal ‘military secrets’

North Korean spy paid the two over $600,000 in bitcoin to hack military command and control systems, police say

A North Korean spy paid two South Korean men over half a million dollars worth of bitcoin to steal “military secrets” from a joint U.S.-ROK military command and control center, according to South Korean authorities, a rare physical infiltration of secure South Korean systems by the North. 

South Korean prosecutors and police said that a 38-year-old South Korean crypto exchange executive under the direction of a suspected North Korean agent supplied an active-duty military officer with James Bond-esque equipment to execute the heist, including a watch with a hidden camera and microphone and a “Poison Tap” USB drive to hack government computers.