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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea's hacker army stole up to $2bn, UN finds

Agents set up shop across the globe to grab cryptocurrencies

North Korea has expanded its scope and sophistication of its cyber operations, according to the UN.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- North Korean online operatives have illegally acquired as much as $2 billion over three years, according to a draft United Nations report obtained by Nikkei, underscoring how far the government has evaded financial sanctions.

At least 35 cyberattacks have been carried out in 17 countries, the still-unpublished report says. Hacks targeted financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges, and also involved cryptocurrency mining.

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