According to the U.S. Department of Justice The accused European citizens were the ones who invited Virgil Griffith to participate in an event held in the North Korean capital capital is most commonly defined as the large sum of money you would use to invest. in 2019, for which he was sentenced to five years in prison following charges of alleged conspiracy.
El U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) filed charges against two citizens of European origin, whom he accused of having ties to the North Korean government and supporting them by providing information to circumvent international sanctions through the use of cryptocurrencies.
DoJ Sanctions Two European Citizens for Conspiring with North Korea
According to a report published by the DoJ, the accused would be the Spaniard Alejandro Cao de Benos and the British Christopher Emms, who were part of the organizing team of the “ Conference on Blockchain a distributed ledger system. A sequence of blocks, or units of digital information, stored consecutively in a public database. The basis for cryptocurrencies. and Cryptocurrencies”. held in the city of Pyongyang, North Korea.
Let’s keep in mind that the developer of Ethereum, Virgil Griffith, was invited to this event in 2019 to share his knowledge in relation to the use of the underlying technology of cryptocurrencies, and for this reason the DoJ accused him of conspiracy against the U.S. for advising the North Korean government on the utility of Blockchain and digital digital technologies are these electronic tools that have the ability to generate, store or even process data. currencies to find ways to fund themselves. The report issued by the US agency rightly singles out Cao and Emms for having recruited Griffith to participate in the aforementioned conference, who was sentenced to five years in prison on similar charges.
In this regard, federal prosecutor Damian Williams, commented:
“The sanctions imposed against North Korea are critical to protecting the security the term securities refers to a fungible and tradable financial instrument that carries a type of monetary value. interests of Americans, and we will continue to aggressively enforce them with our law enforcement partners here and abroad.
North Korea and cryptocurrencies
For some time now, there have been concerns about the North Korean government’s ties to cryptocurrencies, which is why they have been linked to certain high-profile hacks internationally, especially targeted against crypto exchanges and reputable companies.
In this regard, several reports published over the last few years indicate that various hacker groups are working with the support the opposite of Resistance, it is a threshold that crypto’s price doesn’t fall below. of the North Korean government. Among the most recent cases is the hacking hacking is the process of using a computer to manipulate another computer or computer system in an unauthorized fashion. of the network a network refers to all nodes in the operation of a blockchain at any given moment in time. Ronin, associated with the popular gamePlay to Earn Axie InfinityThe attackers extracted around USD $600 million in tokens from the site, which is reported to be associated with the Lazarus group, precisely because several of the addresses containing the funds have been used by this organization to move cryptocurrencies.
It is not known if the citizens pointed out is part of any criminal organization, but what the prosecutor Williams did emphasize was the following:
“As alleged, Alejandro Cao de Benos and Christopher Emms conspired with Virgil Griffith, a cryptocurrency cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that use cryptographic technologies to secure their operation. expert convicted of conspiring to violate economic sanctions imposed on North Korea, to teach and advise members of the North Korean government on cutting-edge cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology, all for the purpose of evading U.S. sanctions aimed at stopping North Korea’s hostile nuclear ambitions.”
“In his own allegations, Emms allegedly advised North Korean officials that cryptocurrency technology ‘made it possible to transfer money to any country in the world, regardless of any sanctions or penalties imposed on any country.'”
As for Cao and Emms, the report details that they are currently fugitives from justice, so they have active search warrants for their capture.
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