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US seizes sites that funnel money from North Korean IT workers for illicit activities

The US has seized 17 website domains allegedly used by North Korean IT workers in a scheme to defraud businesses and fund DPRK’s government arms programmes. The latest action reputedly followed seizures in October 2022 and January 2023 of about $1.5m of revenue earned through this scheme, showing the dire need for due diligence when hiring remote IT workers. The fraudulent sites made to look like genuine US-based services, coupled with false identities, have helped these IT workers infiltrate various businesses and raise funds for DPRK.

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