FBI: North Korea’s tech workers are posing as freelance developers, helping hackers

Skilled software and mobile app developers from North Korea are posing as US-based remote workers to land contract work as developers in US and European tech and crypto firms.

The warning comes in a new joint advisory from The US Department of State, the US Department of the Treasury, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) outlining the role North Korean IT workers play in raising revenue for North Korea, which contributes to its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missile programs, in violation of U.S. and UN sanctions.

Hackers working for North Korea – officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) – have gained notoriety for sophisticated hacks on cryptocurrency exchanges during the past five years. In 2021 alone they stole over $400 million worth of cryptocurrency for the DPRK.

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Source: ZDNet