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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Posing as Americans, North Korean technology workers secured remote work contracts with hundreds of US companies as part of a scheme to help fund Pyongyang's illicit nuclear weapons and missile programs, the US government said on Thursday.



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... For three years, starting in October 2020, a US national named Christina Chapman of Arizona helped three North Korean IT workers obtain "illicit telework employment" using the identities of US citizens, earning about $6.8 million, the State Department said.

More than 300 US companies were defrauded in the effort, the Justice Department said in a separate release, announcing charges against Chapman and other alleged co-conspirators.

"The charges describe a years' long campaign by the North Korean government to infiltrate U.S. job markets through fraud in an effort to raise revenue for the North Korean government and its illicit nuclear program," the Justice Department said.

The North Korean workers also tried and failed to gain employment with " and information from " two US government agencies, according to the US. The workers are linked to North Korea's ballistic missile, weapons production and research and development programs, the State Department said. The companies that hired the workers weren't identified, nor were the agencies that didn't hire them.

Chapman not only helped steal US identities but ran a "laptop farm" by hosting computers issued by the US companies on behalf of the North Korean workers, the Justice Department said, operating them from her home so that it looked like the North Korean workers were based in the US. ...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-17 12:28 AM | Reply

"I'll take Treason for $6.8 million, Alex"

#2 | Posted by hamburglar at 2024-05-17 06:57 AM | Reply

Thinking outside the box, by North Korea?

Who'd a thunk it?

#3 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2024-05-17 04:34 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Seems to me our intelligence agencies are doing a poor job of protecting America. They should face investigation for negligence. No one knew these people were Koreans?

#4 | Posted by danni at 2024-05-19 12:16 PM | Reply

#4 Amen to that... Billions... what benefit... Perp companies not named....
blah blah...

#5 | Posted by South_American at 2024-05-19 10:57 PM | Reply

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