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One of the Ethereum developers Virgil Griffith has been sentenced to 63 months in prison for helping to circumvent sanctions imposed by US courts against North Korea.

According to the indictment, the developer worked and made plans to improve the digital currency infrastructure with cryptocurrency mining in North Korea in 2018. It is said that he also gave a series of instructions on how to launder incoming money.

We know that North Korea has long provided the financial resources to develop its large-scale kidollarsonic death weapons and ballistic forces through cyberattacks. According to research conducted in 2021, Lazarus , one of the APT groups affiliated with the North Korean state, was behind a massive cryptocurrency heist worth $ 400 million. In this way, it is possible to say that they were not affected by the monetary embargo of the international community.

US prosecutor Damian Williams stated in a statement that North Korea is a great threat to their nation and engages in extreme behavior that ignores the law. Detained in November 2019, Griffith was sentenced to five years and three months in prison and a $100,000 fine.

The 39-year-old defendant admitted in his court statement that he had taken action to circumvent the material limits that prevented North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. It is also said to be trying to recruit other US citizens to facilitate money transfers between the regime and other countries and to develop new formulas.


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