CNA – The United States (US) has seized over USD30 million in cryptocurrency stolen by North Korean-linked hackers Lazarus from the popular online game Axie Infinity, crypto intelligence firm Chainalysis said on Thursday.
The company said in a blog post it played a role in the recovery with US law enforcement and other crypto organisations, without naming them, in the first ever recovery of stolen cryptocurrency by a North Korea hacking group.
Chainalysis and North Korea’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The seizures represent about 10 per cent of the total funds stolen in March from Ronin Network, a sidechain built for the play-to-earn game Axie Infinity, Chainalysis said.