After a statement was published on Wednesday by the US Justice Department, it was confirmed that the Canadian, Ghaleb Alaumary, had agreed to plead guilty to money laundering for the North Korean conspiracy.
It would seem that Alaumary is known for being a prolific money launderer for hackers engaged in ATM cash-out schemes, cyber-enabled bank heists, business email compromise (BEC) schemes, and other online fraud schemes. Indeed, he is also being prosecuted for being involved in a separate BEC scheme by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Georgia’s Southern District.
Hence, the statement reported that Alaumary organized teams of conspirators in the U.S. and Canada in order to launder millions of dollars obtained through ATM cash-out operations, as well as conspired with others to launder funds from a Maltese bank in 2019 through a North Korean-perpetrated cyber-enabled heist.
Moreover, the Justice Department also unveiled a federal indictment charge against three computer programers in North Korea’s military intelligence agency for their participation in a criminal conspiracy to conduct a series of serious cyberattacks. The trio is then suspected to be part of a North Korean threat group known as Lazarus Group and Advanced Persistent Threat 38 (APT38).