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North Korean army of hackers generating money for Kim Jong-il

Kim Jong-il has found an unusual way to give the North Korean economy a boost. According to South Korean authorities, the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has turned to gold farming - yes, that kind of gold farming. As The New York Times reported, North Korea has been using its top science universities to train hackers, who are then unleashed on popular South Korean MMOs, such as Lineage and Dungeon Fighter Online, to generate money for North Korea. 

A group of five organizers were arrested Thursday in Northern China for drawing on the North Korean army of hackers to create a group of 30 “video gaming experts” to generate money by abusing MMOs. The experts were able to write software that infiltrated several games and allowed unmanned computers to operate in the game 24 hours a day.

It was an effective scheme, generating over $6 million in about two years. The organizers gave 55 percent to the hackers, who each sent at least $500 to agents in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, every month.

South Korean and American officials believe that the North Korean hacking army contributes to a slush fund worth billions. The fund is worth billions and is controlled by Kim Jong-il, who uses it to finance the North Korean nuclear arms program and to smuggle luxury goods through the heavy sanctions on his country - the same sanctions that make North Korean trading so difficult that the government has begun gold farming to generate revenue.

Aug 8, 2011

Source: NY Times

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16 comments

  • raptorak - August 10, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    Want Kim Jong Il sim now!
  • zegamer - August 9, 2011 3:27 a.m.

    If they touch Vindictus, I will kill them
  • Linktoreality - August 8, 2011 11:19 p.m.

    So, if you buy gold from gold farmers, the terrorists win?
  • TheRandomFool - August 8, 2011 10:02 p.m.

    @birdro The citizens don't have computers, and are all broke as shit. Still, that's pretty funny. Goes to show - North Korea will stoop to make ends meet. Good for them!
  • Oujisama - August 8, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    North Korea is officially the funniest dictatorship ever.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - August 8, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    And anyone who attempts to report those bots shall be shot.
  • CommandantOreo - August 8, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    Last time I sent real life money ($5) to North Korea on a lark, I was being harrassed by the government by saying I am a potential enemy of the state. Buying gold is so much cleaner!
  • Tazerbri - August 8, 2011 8:07 p.m.

    Why isn't this surprising to me? Well, I guess all the more reason not to buy gold!
  • Darth_Griffin - August 8, 2011 7:52 p.m.

    Where does he come up with these schemes? Seriously, I want to know. Does he have an "evil board of evil scientists" or is his brain just that twisted?
  • reuben0110 - August 8, 2011 7:38 p.m.

    Kim Jong Il's at it again with those zany schemes of his!
  • persianxxblood - August 8, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    China is not going to be happy about this
  • SideOfBeef - August 8, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    Sorry, I'm writing an essay and am in editing mode: "a slush fund worth billions. The fund is worth billions and" Anyway, the lesson to learn is that if you see something that looks like a bot, go gank it. You're doing the world a favour.
  • birdro - August 8, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    I think this OFFICIALLY makes North Korea the shiftiest place on Earth now. Hacking games to sell virtual wares illegally to their own citizens to fund nuclear weapons programs. Effing terrifying.
  • stfueuan - August 8, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    Ironically, he refused one of his sons as his heir due to playing video games...
  • Augimix - August 8, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    Today North Korea launched a surprised nuclear attack on...............Azeroth. Total death tolls are in the millions, but goblins seemed to be unaffected.
  • Zepaw - August 8, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    I completely believe it. Those gold-farminf operations rack up some crazy cash and what other dicator would do something so comically evil?

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