N.Korean Crime Rackets Try to Bring in Hard Currency

  • By Yoon Hyung-jun

    November 07, 2018 11:27

    North Korea is resorting to computer hacking, trade in protected animals and other organized crime to earn foreign currency.

    According to Radio Free Asia, North Korean hackers late last month attacked German construction firm igr AG with a virus dubbed "Hermes Ransomware." It stole construction plans for a U.S. Air Force base in Ramstein while paralyzing 100 computers at the builder.

    The hackers demanded 20 bitcoins then valued at around US$120,000 per computer, but the company says it refused.

    Several North Korean diplomats in Africa have been nabbed trying to sell rhinoceros horns and elephant tusks to China and Vietnam, U.S. House Representative Ted Poe told Voice of America. He said last year there were 18 cases of North Korean diplomats getting caught over such crimes.

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