North Korea Hacks Online Games to Fund Terrorism?
The Guardian reports, “South Korean police recently arrested five people who allegedly collaborated with North Korean hackers to steal millions of dollars in points from online gaming sites. Members of the gang, which included North Korea’s technological elite, worked in China and shared profits after they sold programs that allowed users to rack up points without actual play.”
Scammers resell stolen points to gamers, who use the points to play more games or to purchase equipment or accessories for their avatars. According to Seoul police, the cybercriminals behind this particular scheme made $6 million in less than two years. 55% of that went to the team of hackers, while some went to Kim Jong-il’s multibillion-dollar slush fund, which American and South Korean officials say is at least partially used to fund a nuclear weapons program.
South Korean officials blame the North Korean government’s Computer Center, an IT research venture, for orchestrating the fraud.
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