DPRK proliferation financing: overseas information technology workers

Several companies have been designated by the US Department of the Treasury for their role in helping North Korea fund its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs. 

DPRK is believed to have earned revenues from overseas information technology workers, and some of those funds have helped finance North Korea’s proliferation activities. 

One DPRK operative used US technology and social media to advertise jobs and find clients, generating tens of thousands of dollars through payments made via PayPal.

Analysis: North Korea finances its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs in a number of ways, including through cigarette smuggling. DPRK also generates foreign currency through the remittances sent back by foreign workers. Funds raised by overseas information technology workers are another way that North Korea has diversified its financing of its proliferation activities.

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