US government has warned organizations to beware of hackers in the guise of IT freelancers claiming to be non-DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) nationals.
According to an advisory issued by the United States State and Treasury Departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), highly skilled mobile app and software developers from North Korea are trying to get employed by posing as IT freelancers.
The advisory stated that the purpose behind this fraudulent activity is to pave the way for cyber intrusions from the North Korean government. The fraudsters hide their identities and location by using VPNs and pose to hail from another country to gain employers’ trust.
Nefarious Objectives of North Korean IT Experts Exposed
The joint advisory published on Monday revealed that the primary objective behind this scam is to generate revenue for the North Korean government to circumvent sanctions and carry out a cyber invasion. The IT experts from North Korea exploit the growing demand for remote work to get freelance employment contracts without revealing their true identities.
The key targets are organizations in the USA, East Asia, and Europe, and most imposters were situated in Russia, China, Africa, and Southeast Asia. This scam indicates North