Representatives of the Binance exchange said they froze $ 5.8 million in cryptocurrency assets that were stolen by a hacker who hacked into the Ronin network. The funds associated with the Axie Infinity hack will be returned to the owners. According to Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, the stolen digital currencies were distributed across 86 different accounts.
The director of the trading platform did not rule out that there may be other accounts that the security service of the exchange has not yet been able to detect and identify. Zhao noted with confidence that a hacker group from the DPRK is behind the criminal actions.
The entrepreneur stressed that this is not the first time that his site freezes the funds of scammers and will continue to do so in the future.
He stated that, according to his information, the North Korean hacker group Lazarus was really behind the hacking of the Ronin network. Zhao said that this view is the official version of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). According to the director of the trading platform, the country’s Ministry of Finance imposed sanctions on the stolen virtual funds.
An Earlier edition reported: Blockchain security analysts from Chainalysis tracked down the Ronin network hackers. Experts have assured the public that, according to their investigation, the North Korean government-funded Lazarus Group is behind the $625 million theft.
Recall: a few days before that, specialists from one of the largest cybersecurity organizations CertiK declared that the most successful hacker in the history of decentralized finance (DeFi) has already withdrawn more than $110 million of the cryptocurrencies he stole. According to experts, in the first 11 days after the hack, $20.72 million was redirected from his wallet to the balances of centralized exchanges and $89.94 million to the Tornado Cash transaction mixing protocol.