Tech Whiz Accused Of Boosting North Korea Crypto Expertise
Law360, New York (November 30, 2019, 9:02 PM EST) -- A 36-year-old Alabama native with a lifetime of computer hacking experience assisted North Korea with cryptocurrency technology in violation of U.S. sanctions, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office said Friday.
Virgil Griffith was arrested Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport on a complaint charging him with a count of conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. The alleged violation occurred during an April trip to the North Korean capital to participate in a meeting called the “Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference,” prosecutors say. Griffith is due to appear before a judge in Los Angeles federal court on Monday.
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