DPRK Information Technology Workers Guidance
Guidance on Information Technology Workers of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Washington, DC (STL.News) The US Department of State released the following statement:
The United States Department of State, the United States Department of the Treasury and the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a joint advisory to alert the international community, the private sector and the public to the attempts by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and DPRK Information Technology (IT) workers to obtain employment while posing as non-DPRK nationals.
The notice aims to provide freelance recruitment and digital payment platforms, as well as private sector companies that may intentionally or inadvertently recruit, hire or facilitate the hiring of IT workers from the DPRK, with information and tools to address the risks associated with these activities.
Hiring or supporting the business of DPRK IT professionals poses many risks, ranging from theft of intellectual property, data and funds to reputational damage and legal consequences, including penalties imposed by state authorities. United and United Nations.
The notice provides detailed information on how IT workers in the DPRK operate and identifies red flags to help companies avoid hiring them and identify those who may already be abusing their services. In addition, it provides information on relevant US and UN sanctions, including a non-exhaustive list of activities for which individuals may be sanctioned by the US government.
The United States is committed to disrupting the DPRK’s illicit revenue-generating activities, which can facilitate criminal activities, provide direct support to the DPRK’s illegal weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missile programs, and threaten international peace and security.
The opinion and a two-page summary version are available here.