Norwegian Authorities Seize $6M Crypto in Axie Infinity Heist With FBI Help

• Norwegian authorities, in collaboration with the FBI and DOJ, have seized about $6 million that was stolen from Axie Infinity.
• The attack was reportedly perpetrated by North Korean hacker group Lazarus and involved laundering over $20.5 million in illicit proceeds via Blender.io.
• This is the biggest crypto seizure ever made by Norway’s Økokrim.

Norwegian Authorities Seize Crypto Worth $6M From Axie Infinity Heist

Norwegian authorities, in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), have allegedly seized about $6 million that was stolen in last year’s Axie Infinity heist. „It is the biggest crypto seizure Norwegian police have ever made,“ said Norway’s Økokrim.

Lazarus Hackers Attack Axie Infinity

Axie Infinity suffered an attack in March last year after the Ronin network validators were compromised. The reported loss was $620 million at the time. „The attacker managed to get control over Sky Mavis’s four Ronin Validators and a third-party validator run by Axie DAO,“ Sky Mavis said. According to the FBI, the North Korean hacker group Lazarus was behind the heist.

Laundering Money through Blender

The hackers began a large-scale and sophisticated money laundering operation immediately after the attack, Økokrim detailed. In May last year, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned crypto mixer Blender.io. The Treasury Department explained that Blender was used in the laundering process for North Korea’s Axie Infinity heist, processing over $20