Kim Jong-un is reportedly being investigated by the US in connection with a £65million bank heist
The US Department of Justice is said to be zeroing in on the hackers responsible for the theft of millions from the Bangladesh Bank's account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in February 2016.
According to reports Chinese hackers are believed to behind the heist, but new claims suggest they may have been acting under the direction of North Korea.
FBI offices in Los Angeles and New York have been leading an international investigation into the February 2016 incident.
The Bangladesh Bank's account in the Federal Reserve Bank in New York was allegedly robbed
An official briefed on the FBI probe told Reuters that the agency believes North Korean authorities is responsible for the heist.
Richard Ledgett, deputy director of the US National Security Agency, has also publicly suggested that Kim Jong-un’s henchmen may be linked to the incident, while private firms began pointing their fingers at the reclusive state following the heist last year.
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It's the modern day Ocean's 11
Between February 5 and 10, 35 bank transfers, totalling £651million (US $951million) were attempted by the hackers but they only succeeded in transferring the £65million ($81million).
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The money was then transferred to banks in the Philippines and laundered through casinos, according to reports.
Augustus 'Ace' Esmeralda, a Manila private investigator, said: “It's more a case of somebody stealing the money employing a hacker, and someone who knows banks, the anti-money laundering system, the casinos… It's the modern day Ocean's 11. I call it Manila 12.”
Kim Jong-un allegedly hired Chinese hackers to commit the heist
The Philippines government has managed to recover £12million ($15million) of the allegedly stolen money.
US prosecutors are said to be trying to charge the alleged Chinese middlemen, according to the Wall Street Journal, but it is unclear if they will pursue charges against Kim Jong-un or any North Korea officials.
A US Department of Justice spokesman declined to comment.