January 23, 2021

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Min Chao Choy

Min Chao Choy is a data journalist for NK News and NK Pro, currently based in Los Angeles.

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Company pleads guilty to helping North Korea illegally use US banking system

The British Virgin Islands-registered Yang Ban Corporation will pay over $673,000 in financial penalties

Min Chao Choy September 1, 2020

US tries to seize 280 cryptocurrency accounts linked to North Korean hacks

DPRK-linked hackers attacked U.S. and South Korean exchanges, then converted stolen alt-coins to other currencies

Min Chao Choy August 28, 2020

North Korean hackers are turning emails into real-life ATM cash withdrawals

Operation FastCash 2.0 may be combining North Korea-linked hackers and real-world gangs to collect money for the DPRK

Min Chao Choy August 27, 2020

New US Army manual on North Korea uses old nuclear weapon estimates, experts say

Many media organizations were quick to play up the manual’s contents, but most of it is old news, according to analysts

Min Chao Choy August 27, 2020

North Korea may be preparing to illegally export sand, satellite imagery shows

The United Nations banned North Korea from exporting “earth and stone” products since 2017

Min Chao Choy August 25, 2020

Why Seoul’s dream to barter for North Korean booze may soon fall apart

If supply chains involve previously sanctioned entities, then even barter trade would be blocked by U.N. sanctions

Jeongmin Kim | Min Chao Choy August 24, 2020

China opens new customs office along border with North Korea

The Changbaishan Customs Office will handle the only Sino-DPRK land passage at Shuangmu Peak land port

Min Chao Choy August 21, 2020

North Koreans launder money through an illegal bank account in Congo

DPRK citizens Pak Hwa Song and Hwang Kil Su set up shop in Congo and worked on construction projects, report says

Min Chao Choy August 20, 2020

Expensive taste? North Korea caught illegally importing luxury Mercedes cars

North Korea is violating sanctions by using advanced smuggling networks to acquire even more rare, custom-armored rides

Min Chao Choy August 20, 2020

North Korean IT workers are illegally making big money abroad: Investigation

IT workers under the Munitions Industry Department likely raised over $1.2 million in 2019: UN report

Min Chao Choy August 18, 2020
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