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21 Mar 2024

Daeui Park, Maeil Business (South Korea),
Da-gyum Ji, The Korea Herald (South Korea)

N. Korea: Wages of North Korean overseas IT workers seized to fund Govt., says UN panel report

"NK's illicit cyber activities fund 40% of WMD program: UN report," 21 March 2024

... The report [by the UN Panel of Experts] also pointed out that North Korean information technology workers continue to work abroad, "resulting in significant financial gains for the country."

Overseas IT workers earn between $15,000 to $60,000 monthly, according to the report . However, they are permitted to retain "only a small percentage of their earnings," with the majority being seized by their dispatching agency and often utilized to procure goods for North Korea.

... The report said the panel is investigating potential instances of North Korean workers being employed by 81 joint ventures between North Korea and Russia, as well as 42 North Korean companies registered in Russia.