Does North Korea pose a threat to the US?

Does North Korea pose a threat to the US?

This week, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of State, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned of attempts by North Korean tech workers to obtain employment while posing as non-North Korean nationals. 

Moreover, the warning explained that the DPRK dispatches thousands of highly skilled IT workers around the world. To generate revenue that contributes to its WMD and ballistic missile programs. In violation of U.S. and UN sanctions. These IT workers take advantage of existing demands for specific IT skills, such as software and mobile application development, to obtain freelance employment contracts from clients around the world, including in North America, Europe, and East Asia. 

In many cases, DPRK IT workers represent themselves as U.S.-based and/or non-North Korean teleworkers. The workers may further obfuscate their identities and/or location by subcontracting work to non-North Koreans. Although DPRK IT workers normally engage in IT work distinct from malicious cyber activity. They have used the privileged access gained as contractors to enable the DPRK’s malicious cyber intrusions.

Furthermore, the warning noted in particular that IT workers from North Korea often take on projects that involve virtual currency. “Some DPRK IT workers have designed virtual currency exchanges or created analytic tools. And applications for virtual currency traders and marketed their products themselves,” the document said. 

In addition, last month the Treasury and the FBI connected North Korea’s Lazarus Group to the $625 million dollar Ronin/Axie Infinity attack.

In conclusion, this latest warning comes in the wake of last month’s warning from the FBI. Furthermore, the Cybersecurity and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). And lastly, the Treasury highlighting the cyber threat associated with #cryptocurrency thefts and tactics used by North Korea.

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Does North Korea pose a threat to the US?