December 05, 2023

Up to 10,000 North Korean IT workers fundraising for regime abroad: Report

UN Panel of Experts cites estimates that workers earn thousands of dollars per month, spotlighting cases in Laos

As many as 10,000 North Korean information technology workers are operating in other countries, earning thousands of dollars a month on average for the DPRK’s weapons programs, according to estimates in a new U.N. report.

The U.N. Panel of Experts charged with monitoring the DPRK sanctions regime stated in its latest report that it continues to investigate Pyongyang’s deployment of skilled IT professionals and other workers to earn revenue overseas, despite a Dec. 2019 deadline for member states to repatriate North Korean laborers.