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U.S. Warns Against North Korean Hackers Posing as IT Freelancers


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IT contractors could generate revenue for North Korea that sidesteps international sanctions, U.S. agencies warn.

Credit: Cointelegraph

Highly skilled software and mobile app developers from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) are posing as "non-DPRK nationals" in hopes of landing freelance employment in an attempt to enable the regime's malicious cyber intrusions.

That's according to a joint advisory from the U.S. Department of State, the Department of the Treasury, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued on May 16. Targets include companies located in North America, Europe, and East Asia.

Some of the core areas where DPRK IT workers have been found to engage are software development; crypto platforms; graphic animation; online gambling; mobile games; dating, AI, and VR apps; hardware and firmware development; biometric recognition software; and database management.

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