North Korea Secretly Funnels Monero Cryptocurrency Into Country Through University

North Korea is secretly mining cryptocurrency using foreign computers and funneling it into the country through a state university in the capital, Pyongyang, new research suggests.

Analysts at cybersecurity firm AlienVault discovered a new malware application that uses compromised machines to generate a bitcoin-like cryptocurrency called Monero.

The code, which was set up on December 24, 2017, uses the password KJU—a possible reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un—and sends money to Kim Il Sung University.


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