U.N. Panel Suspects N. Korea's Involvement in Japan ATM Fraud

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New York, Sept. 5 (Jiji Press)--North Korea may have been involved in a fraud case in which a total of 1.86 billion yen was withdrawn fraudulently from automated teller machines in Japan in 2016, a U.N. panel said in an interim report on Thursday.

The cash was withdrawn all at once in the early morning of May 15, 2016 from ATMs installed at convenience stores in 17 of Japan's 47 prefectures, including Tokyo, Aichi and Osaka, through the use of counterfeit credit cards made with customer information of South Africa's Standard Bank.

The Japanese government told the expert panel of the U.N. Security Council sanctions committee on North Korea that some 260 people were arrested over the fraud as of July 9 this year.

The interim report did not mention specifically how North Korea was involved in the incident.

The panel is conducting investigations on suspicion that North Korea took part in a total of 35 cyberattacks against financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges in 17 countries, including the Standard Bank case.

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