U.S. Warns Against Hiring North Korean IT workers

Key Takeaways

  • The U.S. Department of State, the US Department of Treasury, and the FBI issued a joint advisory to alert the international community.
  • The advisory aims at basically providing information to counter the risks and dangers that are associated with hiring DPRK IT workers.
  • It explained how DPRK IT professionals function and outlines red signs to help businesses avoid hiring them.

An advisory was issued to notify the foreign community against DPRK information technology personnel. DPRK information technology personnel attempting to obtain employment while posing as non-DPRK citizens. 

“There are thousands of DPRK IT workers both dispatched overseas and located within the DPRK, generating revenue that is remitted back to the North Korean government,”.

The recommendation believes in providing information and resources to freelance recruiting and digital payment platforms. The advisory will help to mitigate the dangers connected with these operations.

It also contains information about relevant US and UN punishments for which individuals may face US government sanctions. Hiring or supporting DPRK IT personnel does have some dangers. The warning includes red flags to assist businesses that will hence avoid hiring them and also will help in identifying individuals who are actively misusing their services.

Many North Korean laborers pretend to be from South Korea, Japan, or other Asian countries. Advisory also mentioned a few red flags that employers should be aware of, such as refusals to participate in video talks and requests for payments in virtual currency.

The United States aims at disrupting illicit DPRK revenue-generating operations. Illicit DPRK operations are problematic since they might lead to criminal behavior and provide direction to the DPRK’s illicit WMD and ballistic missile programs.

Baisakhi Mishra
Baisakhi Mishra

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