December 09, 2023

North Korean tech workers raising funds for weapons programs, US says

DPRK citizens continue to work abroad years after UN sanctions banned their employment

Thousands of North Koreans continue to work abroad in the information technology (IT) sector, multiple U.S. government agencies warned Tuesday, despite sanctions prohibiting Pyongyang from sending workers abroad.

According to a joint advisory by the Department of the Treasury, Department of State and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), most of the North’s IT workers are in China and Russia, with a smaller number in Africa and Southeast Asia.